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GlamourGirl827
02-04-2011, 01:07 PM
...before you workout?

all last week I was waking up and going right to the gym with out breakfast (just a coffee and a water), then drank another water at the gym and made breakfast when I got home. No problems...
Now the past two days I feel tired and weak. My stomach was growling today and I ended up having a pathetic, barely there workout.

I figured I'd start having a yogurt with my coffee. Its just that I know that in the morning, when glycogen stores are depleated, that's when the body does a better job at burning fat. I feel like eating in the morning will defeat that, but being to tired and weak to get a good workout is no good either. Also, I don't want to eat too much or I'll feel nausous during working out.


Emme
02-04-2011, 01:16 PM
I have to eat before I workout otherwise I am famished immediately after exercising. Plus, your body needs fuel to get it going before working out, so if you are waking up and going right to the gym without eating, it might explain why you are exhausted.

berryblondeboys
02-04-2011, 01:17 PM
Skipping breakfast is never a good idea - period. Eat a yogurt, drink a protein shake, something small, but eat SOMETHING. Remember, your body hasn't had fuel for hours and hours and it's not used to going straight to work without something to work with.


Bac0s
02-04-2011, 01:17 PM
It depends. If I get up and workout before having to get the kids going, I don't eat. If I have to wait until after my oldest is on the bus and youngest is dropped off at preschool, then I have my Fiber One bar about 30-40 minutes before working out.

uncontentgirl
02-04-2011, 01:19 PM
my biggest meal is breakfast. i read a jillian michaels quote somewhere and i swear by it:

"eat breakfast like a queen, lunch like a princess and dinner like a pauper."

i usually try to keep my breakfast in the 300-350 calorie range and want most of it to be high-fiber and high-protein.

however, i do not work out in the mornings. if i did, i would keep my breakfasts a little lighter until after my workout. maybe some coffee, a banana and a tablespoon of natural pb. or a yogurt and apple slices. you need energy to have a great workout!!

Tomato
02-04-2011, 01:57 PM
I never eat before my early a.m. workouts. I can't. For example, I get up at 5:30 to to be at a spinning class at 6:00 am. I just drink some water (because I am naturally thirsty every morning, exercise or not) and head to the class. I sip water during the class and I don't eat until I get back home and shower, around 7:30 a.m. It's a very personal decision. Some people feel they need to have a least a little bit of something in their stomach prior to exercise, others can't. I feel like the food weighs me down or something like that.

tocrfl
02-04-2011, 02:01 PM
I get on the treadmill @ 4:30am. I can not eat that early. I drink water right after then get ready for work then I eat breakfast.

Eliana
02-04-2011, 02:06 PM
Skipping breakfast is never a good idea - period. Eat a yogurt, drink a protein shake, something small, but eat SOMETHING. Remember, your body hasn't had fuel for hours and hours and it's not used to going straight to work without something to work with.

I agree with this to an extent, but disagree with regard to early morning workouts.

I have done both and there is debate as to which is better for fat burn.

I have also switched from eating to not eating pre-workout in order to break a plateau and it has worked. I think it's just the change that does it.

Basically, I say do whatever feels best. If you're hungry, grab a banana. If you're not, don't worry about it.

I do not eat well first thing in the morning though. I never, ever have. So getting up, immediately hitting the gym, and THEN sitting down to breakfast works great for me. Otherwise I gag on my breakfast...unless my body is hungry that is. So again, I say do what your body is asking of you.

beerab
02-04-2011, 02:11 PM
If eating before helps then do it- everyone is different. I personally try to get in something before I'm up for two hours to get my body going :)

JohnP
02-04-2011, 02:12 PM
...before you workout?

Its just that I know that in the morning, when glycogen stores are depleated, that's when the body does a better job at burning fat. I feel like eating in the morning will defeat that, but being to tired and weak to get a good workout is no good either. Also, I don't want to eat too much or I'll feel nausous during working out.

Maintaining intensity in a workout depends on glucose availability so if you're planning on high intensity eating before is a good idea. Quick digesting meals should be eating 30 minutes before and slower digesting meals need an hour.

In the context of losing weight if you're in a deficit it doesn't matter that the body does a better job of burning fat when in a fasted state due to insulin levels being so low. What matters is your energy balance for the day. At a certain point when you're very lean fat can be difficult to mobilize but that only applies to a very small percentage of people. (Not you or me!:D)

Skipping breakfast is never a good idea - period. Eat a yogurt, drink a protein shake, something small, but eat SOMETHING. Remember, your body hasn't had fuel for hours and hours and it's not used to going straight to work without something to work with.

I have to disagree. You can workout in a fasted state and I usually do so unless I'm planning on a high intensity cardio workout. This is a big topic and not one we can cover here but the simple answer is you can skip breakfast before your workout because your body has plenty of fuel on board in the form of fat and glycogen.

To take it a step further I don't eat anything before noon and typically wait till 1 or 2 PM. This is a practice known as intermittent fasting which I've been doing for over a year now. There is nothing detrimental to ones health by not eating breakfast.

beerab
02-04-2011, 02:23 PM
To take it a step further I don't eat anything before noon and typically wait till 1 or 2 PM. This is a practice known as intermittent fasting which I've been doing for over a year now. There is nothing detrimental to ones health by not eating breakfast.

Yes but studies show one thing that almost all overweight people have in common is they don't eat breakfast.

niafabo
02-04-2011, 02:33 PM
I find that I need to eat before I work out otherwise I get sore a lot more easily and have far less stamina. Every once in awhile I forget that fact and I end up paying for it later. You should definitely try and eat something first otherwise you won't get the most benefit from your workout but not eating ahead of time once in awhile won't kill you. Your body eats up mostly carbs when you are first working out but if you don't have enough in your system it will rely almost entirely on fat and muscle which will definitely make you woosy.

joyfulloser
02-04-2011, 02:34 PM
^^ Good Point Beerab!:D

For me, I have to eat IMMEDIATELY upon waking up in order for my body to start functioning (I can barely find my way to the bathroom before breakfast:crazy:lol). If I don't eat before working out...my stomach actually hurts like someone donkey kicked me square in the gut...my performance stinks...and I feel light headed and nauseous!:o

Now that I think about it...I don't do well with hunger...when I'm hungry....I MUST EAT!!!:carrot:

Eliana
02-04-2011, 02:48 PM
To take it a step further I don't eat anything before noon and typically wait till 1 or 2 PM. This is a practice known as intermittent fasting which I've been doing for over a year now. There is nothing detrimental to ones health by not eating breakfast.

I always feel like I'm doing something "bad" when I do this, but this describes my typical lazy Sunday. I do not get hungry until I take that first bite. Fasting is not a problem for me. I'm glad to know someone else does this, though I wouldn't recommend it, mainly for the reason Beerab stated. ;)

Bac0s
02-04-2011, 03:29 PM
Yes but studies show one thing that almost all overweight people have in common is they don't eat breakfast.

I'd be really interested to see a link about this. I find it fascinating.

I know plenty of thin people who skip breakfast. I got up to 267 pounds eating breakfast everyl.single.day.

The plural of anecdote is not data, I get that. But your mileage may vary. Eating breakfast right away doesn't work for me. I don't skip it, but I eat it later. I've lost about 65 pounds doing just fine not eating (most of the time) until after I've worked out. If I don't work out, I often don't eat until I've been up for nearly 2 hours. If I start eating early, I get hungrier during the day. The most important thing here is to find what works for you (you in general) and do it.

JustSharing83
02-04-2011, 03:32 PM
I usually exercise halfway between breakfast and lunch. I don't feel weighed down by food then but I'm not overly hungry either. It's a good balance for me.

Hopeful8
02-04-2011, 03:35 PM
It all depends on the day. Some days if I'm working out early in the a.m. then I will head right for the gym and make breakfast when I get home. If I'm working out late morning or early afternoon then I will most certainly have a full breakfast.

I've been doing this throughout my journey so I don't feel that eating or not eating breakfast before I work out is hurting me any. I just listen to how my body feels.

JohnP
02-04-2011, 03:41 PM
Yes but studies show one thing that almost all overweight people have in common is they don't eat breakfast.

Actually studies show a strong correlation between not eating breakfast and being overweight which is quite a bit different than what you said. There are TONS of overweight people that eat breakfast.

Emme
02-04-2011, 03:57 PM
There are TONS of overweight people that eat breakfast.

LOL, I am one of them!! I loves me some breakfast! :) I am a rabid bat until I eat something in the morning.

berryblondeboys
02-04-2011, 04:00 PM
I guess it is all very personal and figuring out what works best for you. I have problems with blood sugars and one of the big no-nos is going too long between meals.

Now, I don't like to eat a lot in the mornings, never have, but a protein shake (low carb) is what works for me. But then, I've learned how my metabolism works for me. I'm a morning person. I'm hungry the first half of the day, not so much the second half of the day, so the bulk of my calories come before 3 pm. typically, I don't need a snack after dinner. But in the morning, I drink a shake, get the kids to school, eat a big breakfast, two hours later eat a snack, 2 hours later (or less) dinner, and then nothing from 7 pm to 7 am. My husband, on the other hand, eats breakfast, but then nothing till lunch (and a small lunch), then a snack in teh afternoon, a big meal, and a snack after dinner and if he's up late, another snack. He's a night owl (and not overweight). So, we just tend to get hungry at different times.

GlamourGirl827
02-04-2011, 04:06 PM
thank you everyone! I read every post and I think what I'm going to do is try eating a yogurt in the morning. I usually get up at 6am. I get 3 y/o ready for preschool and my 8 month old fed, dressed and ready (for the child care at the gym.) I also have my coffee (and water!).
I drop my 3 y/o at preschool at 8am and don't get to the gym and start my workout until almost 8:30am...I guess I just can not go 2 1/2 hours in the morning without eating. So I'll start with some thing small and see if that helps.

marie81
02-04-2011, 04:06 PM
try having a banana before a work out

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JohnP
02-04-2011, 04:47 PM
I guess it is all very personal and figuring out what works best for you.

Absolutely! I love to eat. LOVE IT. Skipping breakfast means I can eat bigger meals and still keep my calories in check for the day.

mkendrick
02-04-2011, 05:21 PM
I wake up at 7am-ish, drink coffee (with skim milk), exercise mid-morning...about 9:30-10:30am, and don't have my first meal until after noon, often not until 1.

I do not like eating in the morning. I know it's supposedly better for you and fuels you and all that, but I feel ick when I eat in the morning. I have no appetite, and if I do force myself to eat something, I feel heavy and sluggish. Not to mention I wish I still had the calories for when I'm hungry later in the day.

Sometimes I work out later in the day, in which case, eating before or after the workout is a question. I almost always choose to eat afterwards. If I eat before, I feel full and like I just want to sit and digest. If I work after, I look forward to my meal during my work out and feel like I need to "earn it," ergo, a more motivated work out. And then I get to come home, get refreshed, and sit down and relax with a yummy meal.

Horo
02-04-2011, 10:26 PM
My workouts usually take place within an hour or two after I wake up, and if I don't eat breakfast, I will be light-headed and dizzy and even have moments of my vision going black.. not good. I really do believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and especially when losing weight, because I wake up ravenous when restricting calories.

I do always wait about a half hour after eating to do some any sort of exercise, though, or else I feel nauseous during the activity.

lostangel05
02-04-2011, 10:43 PM
I always workout after breakfast. Just seems to work well.

jomatho
02-05-2011, 09:41 AM
We are all doing things a little differently and we are all getting results. There is no magic combination of events. Just find what works for you! For me, I workout first and then eat and sometimes that means only two meals a day, but that works for me right now. I have to admit, I do this because I feel like a slug if I eat, but I have also read about burning the fat stores instead of the food energy, so I figure it is a win, win for me.

krampus
02-05-2011, 12:24 PM
I feel weak during morning workouts if I also had a small dinner, but if I had a medium or hearty evening meal I feel fine and ready to go on an empty stomach after waking up. Maybe try having a higher calorie dinner and an extra coffee in the morning?

OnaMi
02-05-2011, 12:49 PM
I work out first thing every morning at 6:30 and don't eat breakfast until like 9:am.I've been doing this for over a year.I'm not hungry when i first wake up so i don't eat.I also follows that quote by Jillian :)And I'm with you BacOs..the later i eat breakfast, the less i eat during the day But each individuals body work differently so..

marianne78
02-05-2011, 01:39 PM
It all depends on what works. Some of us can't start the day without breakfast while some can. Me, I need breakfast, especially on workout days. If I don't eat breakfast, I'd feel dizzy and cranky and can't focus or concentrate on anything.

Katydid77
02-05-2011, 01:43 PM
I usually eat a Kashi bar on the way to the gym to put a little something in my stomach. And then I drink a protein shake right after working out.

It's a simple plan, but it works for me.

Callahan
02-05-2011, 04:08 PM
NY Times article (too lazy to look for the original publication): Diet: Bigger Breakfast, Bigger Daily Calorie Count (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/health/research/01diet.html?_r=1&ref=health)

mkendrick
02-05-2011, 04:25 PM
NY Times article (too lazy to look for the original publication): Diet: Bigger Breakfast, Bigger Daily Calorie Count (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/health/research/01diet.html?_r=1&ref=health)

Great article!

I certainly believe that if something works for an individual, they should keep doing it. Whether that's eating a large breakfast or none at all. So I am NOT trying to convince any of you breakfast-eaters to give it up. But I do get so tired of defending myself for not eating breakfast. People constantly parrot "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" and "you'll just overeat later" and "people who eat breakfast keep healthier weights." That may be true for some, but not for all.

When I was first starting, I was zealous and wanted to diet the "right way." I started eating 6 mini meals a day, and breakfast was my largest meal. But I hated it. I feel sluggish when I eat in the morning, and then I'm just annoyed that I don't have the calories left for bigger meals later in the day. I like to eat a big dinner and then snack at night, and when I was forcing myself to eat breakfast, I STILL wanted a big dinner and to snack at night, but I didn't have the calories left. So I'd either just be hungry and grumpy or go over my calories.

Once I gave up all that nonsense and started eating MY way, I lost weight much easier (and have maintained) and I was much happier. I eat two meals, lunch and a big dinner, and then plan snacks for the evening.

whoIam
02-05-2011, 09:50 PM
my mom taught me its best to eat before gym becuase you CAN faint form excersie aleast a lil something but its better that way

xXLosingItXx
02-05-2011, 09:59 PM
I usually work out 6 pm and on, but I try not to eat anything at least an hour before workout. I hate the feeling that food is hopping around in my stomach, and it makes me nauseous. I'd rather workout without anything in my stomach and then eat something afterwards to make up for the energy I put out. Then again, everyone is different. Some people might find it better to workout out with an empty stomach, some like to eat before. Whatever works for you and makes you feel right while you workout, based on what you said though, I think it's better you eat something small. Like you said, yogurt, to kill the cravings and energize you for gym :)

Silverdrmr
02-05-2011, 11:10 PM
I'm another early morning exerciser. But even when I exercise in the evenings, I have to wait at least 3 to 4 hours after eating before I can workout properly. Otherwise, I feel this heaviness in my stomach, no matter how light the meal.

Question: Have you tried drinking more water before your workout? Every now and then I feel a little weak during my workout, then realize, I didn't drink my usual glass of water when I woke up. I was dehydrated. Especially after not drinking anything for 6-8 hours (sleeping).

Sometimes water might be enough to get you through.

bananapancakes
02-05-2011, 11:54 PM
Yes I do eat before I workout, I have to and it's really an inconvenience that I have to. I feel weak and nauseous if I don't. It's a bummer because if I have a race or something I have to get up hours beforehand to eat and let the food settle so there's not many early morning workouts going on with me.