I will usually split my breakfast up in the mornings. I try to grab something small, like an orange/banana or half a glass of chocolate soymilk, about 10-20 minutes before the workout. Then afterwards I'll eat an apple with peanut butter and/or half a sandwich thin. I've tried it both ways and it seems like I have better stamina and am more likely to get a second wind during a moderate to intense cardio session if I ingest some sort of easy carb snack beforehand. But like others have said, it's different for everyone, so try it out for a few exercise sessions and see if you can tell a difference.
3/13/13 1:37 P
I agree that it's totally up to you and how you feel during your workout either on an empty stomach, or with a little food.
I'm at the gym at 5am, but I have to have something in my stomach, so I grab a banana, a couple clementines, or a greek yogurt beforehand. When I get home, I have something more, usually an almond milk smoothie with banana and berries.
Try it both ways and see how you're feeling each time.
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3/13/13 1:30 P
It's definitely what works best for you! I eat after I exercise because it is early morning.
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3/13/13 12:42 P
I exercise first thing in the morning so I eat breakfast when I am done
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3/13/13 12:40 P
I agree that it depends what works best for you. If I run in the morning, I get up at 5:30 to do it, so no way am I going to get up even earlier to eat and then properly digest breakfast before I go. I have breakfast about an hour after I get back. (I keep trying to do it sooner, but between stretching, showering, and getting dressed, it ends up being an hour every time.) I typically eat the same breakfast on running days that I do on non-running days, so I don't necessarily eat/snack more doing it that way.
3/13/13 12:19 P
I eat breakfast after the gym when I go in the mornings. The reason being, if I don't go to the gym immediately after getting out of bed, I know I will probably find an excuse not to go at all. I have to get there before the excuse center of my brain wakes up.
If I work during the day and have to go to the gym in the evening, I will sometimes grab a small snack on the way. Depends how long its been since my last meal. I do keep it very small tho. If my stomach is too full, I just feel kinda blah and don't work as hard as I know I can.
I've never really noticed a change in my appetite or eating habits either way.
3/13/13 11:14 A
I agree 100% it is going to be up to what works for you. Try it both ways. I have to eat breakfast an hour before I work out. I do both cardio and strength depending on the days. I tried to go without eating first and I got so nauseous I almost puked in the gym. I had to sit and sip water and I was really shaky until I ate a banana. Lesson learned. Everyone is different. Do not get caught up in the 'shoulds' and find out what works best for you.
It's not a stupid question - far from it, it's actually a matter of considerable controversy.
Personally I have had the best results from eating my first meal of the day after my workout is over. Bear in mind that I do strength training workouts, not cardio. Someone who is doing a lot of cardio may not be able to make it through a workout without some food first. I choose to do it this way for a couple of reasons, the biggest being simply that if I eat and then work out, I feel sick to my stomach and unable to push myself (I feel like if I strain, I will puke). Another reason is that I more or less buy into the principles of intermittent fasting / Leangains style eating - but not so much that if I were feeling dizzy or miserable or weak during my workouts, I wouldn't just eat a banana first.
I think you will find that most people eat a small meal first (like a banana), but by no means all. Ultimately it probably will have a very small - if any - impact on actual weight loss. The best thing you can do for YOU is to try it both ways, see what is more manageable for you -- remember, whatever you do, it must be something you can do for the rest of your life more or less -- and go with that.
Even if 99% of people say "I lose more weight by eating first," if eating first makes you feel sick like me and then you end up not working out or going really light and not pushing yourself, well, you lose. You have to do what works best for you. At the end of the day, does it really matter if it takes you 67 weeks or 69 weeks to get to your goal weight?
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3/13/13 10:07 A
So this is probably a stupid question and has probably already been discussed here somewhere but I didn't see it.
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