Working out before eating?

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Owndisaster

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Posted: 17 Dec 2008, 17:51
So I was looking at the challenges and saw one that was for Wii workouts in the morning. The challenge said they wanted to workout for 20 minutes BEFORE having Breakfast. This kind of confused me.

My friend Marcel is a trainer and he always told me "make sure you eat something within the first hour of being awake". He also made sure I knew that I should always eat SOMETHING before working out in the mornings. He said I could have something small and then just wait a little to workout.

Hes out of town so I cant ask him about it right now so I thought Id see what everyone else has heard. Anyone else know if its better to workout before eating in the mornings, or worse?

FakePlasticL...

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Posted: 17 Dec 2008, 17:58
I've heard this too but I don't really work out in the mornings. I'm interested in hearing what other people have to say though. And I don't eat within an hour of waking up. I actually try to hold off as long as I can (usually after being up for 3 hours) before having breakfast. Except on weekends. Give me food!
Owndisaster

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Posted: 17 Dec 2008, 21:42
well ive heard numerous places that eating wihin the first hour is good because it gets the metabolism going
Psychodement...

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Posted: 18 Dec 2008, 05:17
I am sure a cup of coffee doesn't hurt. But if you are planning on a strenous workout session (upwards of 600-700 kcal) then it makes sense to have something.
Just FYI - I play tennis from 7:30-8:30am and have either cup of coffee or a small bowl of cornflakes at about 7.
chradsimad

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Posted: 18 Dec 2008, 08:05
There are two schools of thought on this. Personally I think you should ALWAYS eat before a workout to help fuel that workout properly...And yeah, first thing in the morning eating wakes your metabolism back up.

Now the other theory is that if you work out in the morning it's best not to eat b/c then your body will use fat as fuel and therefore burn more fat than if you have a banana in your belly... I personally don't agree with this and I get sick to my stomach if I don't eat something light before a work out.
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Divided By...

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Posted: 18 Dec 2008, 08:19
There really isn't a true consensus on the subject. Pick whatever option you like best (or create one of your own).

1) When you wake up and exercise on an empty stomach, you start burning fat stores faster because there is no food (glycogen stores) that your body can use for energy. Therefore you don't have to work out as long to get the same result.

2) Eating a small meal before working out in the morning gives you something to pull energy from. You will therefore be able to work out harder because you won't be as tired, and therefore burn more calories.

Both of these statements are true. Sadly, the first 15-20 minutes of aerobic exercise you do doesn't burn any fat because you have to burn off your glycogen stores from the food you've eaten. Exercising in a fasted state (before breakfast) means you don't have to burn off your glycogen and can just go straight to burning fat. However, you won't have as much energy and may stop sooner than if you had eaten before.

Either way you go, as long as you burn more calories than you consume, you will lose weight. It's really just a matter of preference. Since I work out in the afternoons/evenings I don't have an opportunity for fasted workouts. But if I switched to morning workouts I would personally save breakfast until after my workout unless I knew it was going to be a really tough workout (for example: a one hour training run).

Please remember: When you eat is MINOR compared to what you eat!

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Owndisaster

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Posted: 18 Dec 2008, 11:45
AWESOME response Divided By. Thank you!
Psychodement...

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Posted: 21 Dec 2008, 22:51
You can also try having some glucose water during your work-out. That way you can start on an empty stomach but when you sweat, loose energy you have instant glucose which will give you the energy to work out.



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