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SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,470
1/25/13 12:36 P

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PAULAROSE65 SparkPoints: (3,068)
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1/25/13 12:07 P

Thanks for all the input. I normally get up around 7. Have coffee and then tea. So usually by 9 I try and go work out. I workout at home with DVD's that I have gotten through the years. So I do mostly cardio, and pilates. My strength training is using my own body weight, ie; lunges, squats pushups, etc...
I will def try to maybe have a piece of toast tomorrow and see how that works for me. Again thank you all for the input.

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
1/25/13 11:13 A

I think it more depends on how long you've been awake. I try and eat within and hour of getting up; it keeps my blood sugar levels balanced.

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1/25/13 10:37 A

This really depends on your needs and personal preferences.

If you're going for a 30 minute walk at 2.5 miles per hour, then you don't really need to fret over it. You're not doing enough to really push into issues. :)

But if you're powering through an hour of boot camp or Zumba, you might find that you do better with a light breakfast before you go in.

I've found I do best with both. I drink a protein shake or grab a banana on the way to the gym, work out (because I'm generally there for more than an hour, working out pretty hard) and then eat a good balanced breakfast after.

If I don't, I hit the wall, and can't continue through a hard workout.

But on light days, I don't need to.

Experiment with what works for you. There is no optimal answer (and no, you won't burn more fat on an empty stomach) so do what works for you and your body!

JENMC14 Posts: 2,707
1/25/13 10:11 A

I don't typically eat before I work out, but I start working out by 5 am, and I usually eat breakfast no later than 9 am (on a weekday, I don't work out on weekends, I eat when I feel hungry on weekends). If you're up at 6, but not working out until 10, if you're hungry, you should eat. Waiting until almost noon to eat and working out is an awfully long time to deprive your body of fuel, to me.

CYND59 Posts: 7,691
1/25/13 9:16 A

Yes, even if it is just a piece of whole wheat toast or a piece of fruit. And drink some water!

NIRERIN Posts: 11,990
1/25/13 9:14 A

what time do you get up? if you get up at 6am, you need to eat something beforehand [an apple, nut butter, half a bagel with cheese, a yogurt, everyone is a little different in what their stomach will or will not handle before a workout, so trial and error is the way you'll have to go. do keep in mind that sticking to 100 cals still counts as breakfast so you don't have to eat much, just enough to keep you going later]. if you get up at 10am, you don't so much need to eat beforehand unless you're having a problem making it through your workout.

as far as eating defeating the purpose of exercise, the purpose of exercise is to work your muscle and eating fuels that, not cancels it out.
and don't forget about digestion. when you eat something it takes hours for that food to be converted into a form your body can actually use for fuel. so eating beforehand isn't to give your body more easily accessed calories to use up instead of what you already have, it's that when you're done you still have reserves to do whatever it is that you're going to do afterwards.

as far as waiting until lunchtime - 11am is lunchtime. anywhere between about 11 am and 1pm is lunch. so have lunch.

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1/25/13 9:14 A

I think breakfast is a good idea for a workout, if nothing else but to increase the intensity of your workouts (and therefore the effectiveness). What you may want to eat would depend on what kind of workout we're talking about...cardio, or strength training? For the cardio, I'd tend to lean towards fresh fruit with higher GI, mixed with a nutty-grain if that cardio is some distance running. Maybe for the strength training I'd want to get a bit of protein for the muscle build/repair...a few nuts, oatmeal, or greek yogurt will do.

At the very least, grab an apple before your workout if you aren't into a big breakfast first thing.

Good luck!

Edited by: STEPHEN_NANNY at: 1/25/2013 (09:14)
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1/25/13 9:06 A

Just wondering if anyone has a suggestion. I normally do not eat before I work out in the morning. In my mind I feel that I am defeating the purpose if I eat before hand. I always try and work out before 11 00 am, so by the time I am done working out, on somedays it's almost lunch time. By then I just figure I should wait til lunch to eat.
I know breakfast is important, but just can't seem to get myself to eat it. Especially before I work out. Plus I have no idea what to eat, that isn't going to be too heavy....What to do?

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