Eating before a morning workout? What do you do?

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Posted: 12 May 2011, 12:24
Does anybody do morning workouts and eat before? If so, what do you eat? I like to get up before anyone else is awake and get my workout in for the day, but lately I'm finding myself yawning during the workout or feeling like maybe I'm not pushing myself as hard as I could because I'm tired. Also, I've been really hungry before my workouts and wasn't before until just recently. I am getting up early and have enough time to work out and take a shower before I have to get the kids up, breakfast ready, and off to school and work. I don't know if I could change my breakfast to before I workout because I don't want to workout on an full stomach, that would be trouble. Do you think eating something would help with how tired I am? Just curious if anybody had any suggestions. Thanks in advance.
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Posted: 12 May 2011, 12:29
I never eat before a morning workout, but I will often have a cup of coffee. Sometimes I find it difficult to get going but whatever grogginess is present usually dissipates quickly.

There are also purported benefits to exercising in a "fasted" state, like you would be first thing in the morning, especially where it comes to strength training. Perhaps someone with more technical knowledge can add something to that point.

Plus, I always enjoy breakfast that much more AFTER a hard workout Smile

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Posted: 12 May 2011, 12:54
I used to not be able to eat before a workout, it would make me soooo sick. Now, I have a little bit of cereal or oatmeal with a large cup of coffee (nothing more then 140 calories) and I feel it boosts my workout to make things more effectively. I also tend to workout for extended periods of time when I get a morning workout, so by the time I get home, it's normally lunch time so I get to eat all over again Smile If not, I normally have a coconut water (yummy) and it helps me rehydrate and get a few extra calories in. Do what works best for your body - you can workout either way and still be OK Smile

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Posted: 12 May 2011, 12:59
It is best to eat something small before a workout, so that way you dont get too tired or weak during your workout. I do morning workouts before i do, i eat a small banana wait about 15mins and than workout. After working out your body needs carbs and protein to restore what you have lost during your workout. Thats where breakfast comes in with me, i usually like to make a omelette using egg beaters and put veggies in it. Do some research to get ideas for post workout meals. Good luck

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Posted: 12 May 2011, 13:47
I occasionally work out in the mornings, & I HAVE to eat first or I am ravenous afterward. Part of it is that my routine is heavy on the strength training, so I need to eat first. I'll eat a little something right away when I get up, maybe a scrambled or hard-boiled egg or two, wait at least 30 min then exercise. Then afterwards I'll drink my whey protein shake within an hr post-workout & eat a full meal. I do low-carb most days so my meals are mostly protein/fat. I'm never tired during workouts unless I'm short on sleep or something.
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Posted: 12 May 2011, 16:15
This is CRAZY.. I just talked about this in my journal. I usually have a 1/2 a banana, some pineapple, smoe grapes just a little something to wake me up and give me something to start to burn. Lordy day, I decided NOT to eat anything before Insanity and I was just a mess. No energy Shaun T watched me and I sat and watched him for the last half of the workout pretty much. After my my workout like Kstubb I eat a real meal. and have a protein shake...YUMMY I workout because I look forward to my protein shake..... I can't lie.

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Posted: 12 May 2011, 17:10
It is just fine to work out without eating. The trick is to get some nutrition afterwards correlative to the workout. If you are going to do a very intense workout, then you might need to get some food in your stomach, wait about 45-60 minutes, then workout.

Recent studies have shown that working out on an empty stomach is beneficial. If you find this is too difficult, because you are being very calorie restrictive or what not, then have a very small something for your stomach to work on while you are working out.

That being said, I get up at about 4:30 and start working out in about 15 minutes before my body has time to realize it's hungry! Of course, by the time I am done I am edging on ravenous, but I know that relief is only a little while away.


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Posted: 13 May 2011, 11:35
I used to go to morning Aikido class 3 times a week. Bus leaving at 6:10am, so I'd get up at 5:30, catch the bus, sit in it for 40 mins, change into uniform and then work out for almost 2 hours (and our teacher never let us rest). Then I'd crawl out of the dojo all red and sweaty and would need a shower before I can show myself to the world again. That makes is 4 hours between waking up and breakfast (at 9:30am). For the first year it wasn't a problem, but then I started to feel SO HUNGRY during the practice. All I could think about was food. My dad went to the same class and each time we paired up for a technique I'd tell him how hungry I am Smile
I started eating a peach or an apple on the bus before practice. The funny thing is - it actually made my hunger even worse!
Another problem was that after the class I was so tired that I wasn't even hungry that much (but very thirsty).
Now I'm thinking that if I'll start working out in the morning again I'd opt for mini protein shake as a pre-workout. Sugary things (even if it's fruit) wake up my hunger more than helping to keep it a bay.

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Posted: 13 May 2011, 18:39
Try a single cup of black coffee, one third of a banana and do a few of the morning graces (make bed, start a load of laundry) while you wait for the caffeine to take effect. Think positive, picture yourself thin and go to it!
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Posted: 13 May 2011, 21:52
Like everyone's said, just something small(like a smoothie, or banana etc) to get you going, and give it half an hour for the blood to redirect back to your muscles instead of at your tummy! Smile
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Posted: 13 May 2011, 22:27
i wouldnt suggest not eating before a workout just becuase you'll go into survival mode since you've been fasting. i'd eat somethin that gets your metabolism goin that way your body doesnt want to hoard the rest of the day. i realize you want to burn as many calories as you can to burn body fat, but eating just a little something wont make that big of a difference and give you the energy to burn even more calories.
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Posted: 13 May 2011, 23:15
Before my workouts I eat a complex carb like a potato and a lean protein like chicken or tuna and a handful of a calorie dense nut like walnuts. Eat atleast an hour and a half to 2 hours before your workout though so I don't get upset stomach.Post workout drink 1 cup of chocolate milk.

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