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3/2/13 9:03 P

I can't even face food when I wake up-blech! I will if I'm hungry enough; otherwise I wait until I am done. I always make sure that I have some chocolate milk or water to tide me over. I've tried eating when I get up-I can't seem to do it.

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3/2/13 6:50 P

Never, I always eat after, sometimes up to 2 hours after.

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3/2/13 6:37 P

I find that if I do something not as strenuous, that I'm fine not eating. However, if I'm doing a hard workout, and don't eat anything, I don't have enough energy to perform as well as I'd like to. Since figuring this out, I just eat a plain rice cake, with pb2, and raisins and it gives me enough energy to power through the toughest workout with out being overly stuffed.

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3/2/13 6:27 P

I start my workout at 5, so I'm definitely not into eating that early... usually just a big glass of water

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3/2/13 12:09 P

No I don't.

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3/2/13 12:05 P

I am wondering this too. I am hoping to start bootcamp classes and think I should eat something. The classes start at 5:30. If I were going to walk the dog or something on the light side I probably won't worry about it. I guess ita good to experiment a little and see what works. It's a journey as much as a destination!

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3/2/13 9:47 A

I'll make a protein shake and have 1/3 of it while I slowly get everything together for my workout (usually cardio in the morning) - that way I have a little something on which to draw and a source of protein immediately afterwards to aid recovery

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3/2/13 9:06 A

I have a -very- small glass of V8 juice before working out. I also get up and am in my bsement working out with 10 - 15 minutes, no time for a meal. I do eat my breakfast right after I am finished with my workout.

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3/2/13 7:35 A

a little

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3/2/13 6:43 A

If I exercise right after getting up, I usually eat something small like toast.

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3/2/13 12:30 A

back when i used to exercise in the morning hours, i was living upside down and morning hours were just after work, so i didn't eat before the gym. when my life straightened out some and i was on swings, i would eat before the gym. gym wasn't until three or four hours after i got up, so eating was necessary.

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3/1/13 11:41 P


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3/1/13 11:13 P

Not usually. But I spread my workouts through the day, walking the dogs, then eat if super hungry, Wii Fit..then later more dog walking...then later a long walk at the walking track.

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3/1/13 8:02 P

I don't work out in the mornings anymore but when I did, I drank a slimfast shake. I would think a smoothie would be fine too. You just don't want to eat a big meal and exercise immediately afterwards. The following link should be of some use to you:

Good luck!

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3/1/13 10:36 A

8 almonds early am

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3/1/13 10:24 A

Yes. I can't workout without a little something. I usually just eat a granola bar.

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3/1/13 9:43 A

I agree that it completely depends on you and how you feel. I am up at 4:15 to be at the gym when it opens at 5am. I can get dizzy and lightheaded if I don't eat something, so I'll usually grab some fruit or a greek yogurt beforehand.

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3/1/13 9:05 A

I always eat before a workout. I usually workout pretty intense for a couple of hours so if I dont eat I will not perform my best or be able to run longer then I wanted too. I did try not eating before and could only run for 30 minutes. After that I felt low in energy.

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2/28/13 8:01 P


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2/28/13 8:47 A

handful of almonds before

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2/28/13 8:36 A

Yes. I have to eat something before I exercise or I feel sick. I don't find it necessary to wait between eating and exercising.

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2/28/13 7:40 A

When I dropped down to an avg of 1150 cals for 2 weeks, I didn't. Mostly because my kids were waking up at 5am and if I ate that early I'd be starving all day. So I did early morning workouts and then had breakfast at 7-9am. Now that I'm done my drop and back up to an avg of 1400 cals. I have breakfast right after I make my kids theirs. At 7am-8am. I usually have a tea first, then breakfast and then workout.

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2/28/13 7:15 A

I usually have part of an apple and a little peanut butter when I first get up....long walk an hour and a half later. Breakfast when I return.

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2/28/13 7:13 A

I'd rather eat beforehand, so I get up between 4:15-4:30...start work/exercise between 5:30-6.

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2/28/13 6:30 A


I work out in a fasted state in the morning and only eat something at around 1pm. I have excellent results from doing this. When I eat before I work out, I tend to feel ill.

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2/27/13 8:01 P

I don't eat first, but I drink throughout my morning workout. After I leave the gym (while I"m still in the car!) I have 2 hard-boiled eggs. Surprisingly enough, they fill me up until early afternoon as long as I stay hydrated. Hope this helps!

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2/27/13 4:07 P

A small cup of coffee before going to the gym is enough for me in the mornings. The caffeine gives me that extra energy. I make sure I eat well the day before, esp dinner. I eat breakfast en route to work on the train.

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2/27/13 3:07 P

I would say if you aren't starving when you wake up and you don't feel faint during your workout, it is fine not to eat beforehand. I personally get very faint in the morning without food just from standing so it doesn't work for me, but everybody's different! From most of what I have read recently it is much more important to eat after exercise to replenish nutrients, and eating before is really a preference.

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2/27/13 3:02 P

Since you are working today on what you ate yesterday eating something prior to working out will only benefit you mind not your body. Bottom line it is a personal choice with no relevance to the success or failure of a workout.

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2/27/13 2:28 P

I work out right after my daughter gets on the bus.I take an access bar 15 minutes before working out(Im a runner)My boys are usually napping when I run(I have a treadmill)

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2/27/13 2:00 P

When I work out in the morning, I go to the gym immediately after rolling out of bed. I know if I start anything else, I will let myself get distracted and not make it to the gym that day. I eat breakfast after I get home and take a shower. So far, its been working for me.

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2/27/13 1:48 P

I don't. I barely get up in time to exercise.

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2/27/13 1:32 P

I don't eat before morning exercising.

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2/27/13 12:36 P

I also get up at 5:45 and don't eat until after. I refuse to get up at 4:45 just to eat, and if I eat less than an hour or so before I run, I feel awful. I do always have at least 8oz of water before I go, and, depending on the weather and the length of my run, might take more water with me.

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2/27/13 11:47 A

I'm up far too early in the morning than I care to confess to, and workout about an hour after getting up.

In that time, I have two small pieces of fruit, then do my workout.

After showering I have my proper breakfast - I find I'm pretty much ready by then, having been up for about 2 hours.

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2/27/13 11:14 A

Just to add to this - I asked my doctor if it was harmful to exercise before eating, since I'm just not hungry first thing in the morning. She said no, just be sure stay hydrated and eat breakfast afterwards. If I were training for a marathon it might be different, but at an everyday exercise level, it's OK.

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2/27/13 11:01 A

I hit the treadmill by 5:45 am and don't eat breakfast first, just coffee. It feels better to travel light. A half hour after getting off the treadmill I eat a good breakfast.

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2/27/13 10:53 A

I get up at 4:55am and all I eat is a small granola bar. It has enough sugar to keep my blood sugar where I need it during my workout (my blood sugar tends to drop easily). I can't eat any amount of fiber or heavy protein before exercising. I learned the hard way.

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2/27/13 10:42 A

I keep hearing that you're supposed to have some small snack or something before working out. I get up at 5:45 and roll into the gym at 6am (when it opens). I really can't get up earlier to eat and digest a snack. I eat shortly after I get in and drink lots of water while working out to stay hydrated.

If you workout first thing, what do you do?

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