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OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (240,625)
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12/4/12 11:11 A

Some days I eat breakfast before my morning workout, some days I don't, some days I eat a little something (Greek yogurt, a small apple, or something like that) before I workout, then eat a full breakfast after. It depends on if I wake up with a growling stomach. If I'm hungry in the morning, I eat.

for most of us I don't think it really matters. If you were running 10 miles or doing a really tough weightlifting workout every morning, need to eat something.

BREWMASTERBILL SparkPoints: (31,088)
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12/4/12 10:42 A

Absolutely not essential. Eat when you're hungry. If you're feeling light headed while doing a workout, you might try a light snack before hand. But there is nothing magical about breakfast.

GODDREAMDIVA1 SparkPoints: (385,409)
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12/4/12 9:48 A

Breakfast is a must...

N16351D Posts: 2,349
12/4/12 9:34 A

Yes, get something in your stomach after you wake up. I eat 1/2 - 1 piece of fruit 30 minutes before going jogging.

5:30 AM Wake up and eat fruit first thing
6 AM Run 30 - 90 minutes
7:30 Cereal, milk and more fruit
10 AM planned snack with small amount of protein in it.
12 noon 1/2 of a sandwich
3 PM 1/2 of a the same sandwich

And so on.

Yes, eat breakfast because it literally, breaks the fast and helps your body perform.

TBCMD88 SparkPoints: (5,817)
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12/3/12 6:14 A

How to make Oatmeal breakfast?

MEANREDS92 Posts: 818
12/2/12 7:11 P

Half a cup of yogurt and a banana

NAOLEE Posts: 4,851
12/2/12 6:33 P

Boost 360 cals.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,437
12/2/12 6:02 P

Eating before is largely a matter of personal preference.

However, it is worth remembering that early in the morning, you will likely not have eaten for 12 hours, and blood sugars will be low. While most people will have sufficient reserves for a 30 minute workout, longer or more intense workouts may be more of an issue. But listen to your body on this one - if you are finding yourself feeling low on energy in the morning, then you should at least try to eat something.

Personally, when I am working out in the morning, I try to start with at least a glass of juice - easily digested, doesn't create a huge 'cannonball' effect, and hydrates me before a workout as well.

The other thing to remember is that your body is very adaptive. If you exercise in the mornings as part of a regular pattern, your body will work this out and have sufficient resources available.

As for protein, it takes several hours for the body to digest and break down proteins, so eating before or after a workout makes little difference to the availability of protein for muscle and tendon repair. Just don't leave it until lunchtime to eat something - then it will have been 18 hours since you last consumed protein, and that could be a problem.


GARDEMON SparkPoints: (79,611)
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12/1/12 8:10 P


PSCHIAVONE2 SparkPoints: (20,650)
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12/1/12 8:40 A

It really depends for me on when I ate last. I do not eat breakfast before the morning workout in general. But if i have not eaten for more than 12 hours I will eat some fruit before I work out. Mostly a banana or some strawberries. When I do not eat before working out then I eat after. It works for me.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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12/1/12 6:57 A

I think how early you do your workout makes a difference. I can't eat the moment I wake up. I have to sit and have a tea first. I still eat breakfast before I work out but I wake up at 6-6:30 and have breakfast around 7:30-8. I don't work out until closer to 9am. If I woke up and started my workout first thing, I doubt I'd feel up to breakfast before.

GARDEMON SparkPoints: (79,611)
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11/30/12 8:26 P

Breakfast is a must

LACIEKAY SparkPoints: (7,142)
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11/29/12 6:21 P

thanks for that! i actually wrote those recommendations down.

LINWASH23 SparkPoints: (84,895)
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11/29/12 4:53 P

I love breakfast.

11/29/12 3:46 P

But then again i just read an article that basically said that if you don't eat breakfast, you risk your body burning muscle as energy instead of fat. What's the real answer?

There's a grain of truth to that. Your body does break down muscle when exercising in a fasted state, but the effect is very small, especially if your workouts are less than 45 minutes. If you care to read up on the process, it's called gluconeogenesis. You can prevent that by consuming roughly 10-20 grams of sugar (fruit, juice, candy, Gatorade, etc). Complex carbs can work too, as can protein, but they tend to digest slower than sugar and may end up sitting in your stomach.

Then after working out, have some protein.. around 15-30 grams.. within a half hour of exercising.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
11/29/12 3:40 P

I work out after work so early morning workouts don't work for me. But as far as breakfast, you should have at least something. It doesn't necessarily have to be the traditional breakfast food. As you said, your body doesn't know how to tell time. I had a friend who would eat pizza for the first meal and scrambled eggs late in the day. It worked well for her.

Eating something after you have been asleep for 6 or more hours is important because you need to wake up your metabolism.

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
11/29/12 3:27 P

I don't eat before I work out in the morning. If I did, I would feel gross. I have no desire to have anything in my stomach when I'm working that hard!

Look, if not eating before working out in the morning caused muscle to be burned, would so many bodybuilders skip breakfast and work out w/o eating? Bodybuilders rely on muscle not being burned obviously, yet many of them don't even eat at all until around 1pm (google intermittent fasting if you're curious about this). I usually eat for the first time around 12:30pm and have no problems with muscle being burned off.

As long as you use your muscles (strength training) your body isn't going to burn muscle preferentially. It will burn muscle if it needs to (if you don't have enough fat) but it's not going to burn the same muscle that it's trying to repair....

JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
11/29/12 2:41 P

I don't eat before I work out, simply because I workout around 4:30 in the morning. I know I'll be starving by 9 am if I do that. If I'm ravenous when I wake up and really need something pre-workout, I might make a protein shake or something. I do eat breakfast once I've worked out and am ready to go to work, though, because i'm usually hungry. If you're not hungry or feeling side effects on not eating (dizziness, extra-tired, etc.), then don't force yourself to eat if it makes you feel like crap.

11/29/12 1:59 P

oatmeal!! emoticon

NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (76,244)
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11/29/12 1:25 P

I don't eat before I work out. I either run or have boot camp class at 6am, and it just isn't worth it to me to get up at least an hour earlier to eat and then sit around while I digest. So far, it hasn't held me back at all (although I am only running 3-5 miles--as I run longer distances, I might have to figure out a way to fuel up before I go).

RAINBOWCHARMER SparkPoints: (80,733)
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11/29/12 12:25 P

I cannot eat before working out for a couple of reasons.

a) I work out at 4:30 AM. I'm not getting up at 3:30 to eat breakfast first
b) I am not hungry that early in the morning and the thought of food just makes me want to yack.

It's not necessary to eat before working out. But you should try to eat shortly after working out. Your body needs nutrition not too long after you get up for the day. It's been "starving"/fasting all night long, and to get your metabolism going, you need to fuel yourself appropriately.

I never used to eat breakfast at all. That is one of the many changes I made when I finally got serious about getting healthy. I still don't eat anything heavy in the mornings. I make myself a fruit/yogurt smoothie and have that on my way to work each day (about 7:30 am). So I do not eat immediately upon waking, or before my workout, but do eat shortly thereafter. I lost the weight and am maintaining with that same schedule. So I'd say it worked.

ROMEOSMOM27 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/29/12 12:12 P

A strawberry protein shake yum. emoticon

LACIEKAY SparkPoints: (7,142)
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11/29/12 11:51 A

so i've been working out at home.. can't get to a gym for financial reasons but i've been doing a LOT here. i was getting ready to workout this morning and i figured i'd go ahead an ask a question i tend to get 2 totally different answers to.
Is it necessary to eat breakfast before working out? i know that breakfast is important, it kick starts your metabolism and all that... but i just really, really hate breakfast. my stomach is all queasy in the mornings and i'd rather just have water for breakfast. i read somewhere on sparkpeople that it doesn't matter when you eat your calories because your body sees 6am and 6pm as the same thing. But then again i just read an article that basically said that if you don't eat breakfast, you risk your body burning muscle as energy instead of fat. What's the real answer? and if eating something is necessary... would a bite of something be enough? or a piece of fruit?

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