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Recap of Jackie Warner's Thintervention Show, "Uphill Battle" Episode

Thintervention: Do You Eat Breakfast Before A.M. Workouts?

On this week's Thintervention, the contestants were broken up into teams and pitted against one another in rigorous workout challenges. The episode's drama overshadowed most of the lessons learned, but the competition offered a solid meter for how far the contestants have to go this season — Stacey got wheezy, and Nikki wondered if she was still drunk from the night before. Drama overload! Thankfully, it wasn't all a struggle. I was encouraged to see one of the younger contestants, Shannon, eating breakfast before a workout. There are plenty of health myths on the topic, but fueling your body with breakfast before morning workouts is paramount, even if it's a just a snack that contains 100 to 200 calories. Do you grab a bite before you get your early morning sweat on?

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SaraNoH SaraNoH 6 years
1/3 of a banana :)
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 6 years
I have to have some kind of light snack. In the morning, if I don't get anything in my body I get lightheaded and feel sick. Even later in the day, I can't work out unfueled - I become sluggish and just feel wrong, not to mention cranky. I try to have a piece of fruit, or a small/part of a granola bar or a piece of toast about half an hour before working out. Then I have a proper breakfast afterwards.
amber512 amber512 6 years
Absolutely always. Even if I don't "feel hungry" I will crash and burn without it.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 6 years
I used to eat a protein bar, but I haven't bought them in a while, so no. But I heard that eating a banana before working out is a good alternative. I will try that tomorrow!
Sasseefrass Sasseefrass 6 years
I mix some protein powder with 1/2 cup of grape juice, 1 cup of cold water and ice. That way I can dive right into my workouts (I work out at home.) The texture is like juice so it's thirst quenching, but the calories etc. are enough get me through brutal workouts without getting nauseous and shakey.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 6 years
Yes. I have a small bowl of Life cereal with soy milk right before my 5:30 am runs, then I have a bagel afterwards at around 8:30.
HollyJRockNRoll HollyJRockNRoll 6 years
I have a soy latte. Maybe a few raw almonds, but otherwise no. I really hate breakfast and frankly when I eat it I am hungry all day. I prefer my coffee (which does have calories in it) and then a snack afterwords.
sonnic34 sonnic34 6 years
I usually have to have something before I work out the morning, especially if I am running. It is usually a tall glass of water and a small slice of bread with honey drizzled on it or a banana. I have to eat it about 30 minutes before I do anything. I use that extra 30 minutes of waiting around to pack my lunch, stretch and organize my stuff to take to work
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
I have to have something, otherwise I turn into the hulk after a while. lol I mean that as in I get cranky as hell, not strong and green.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I can't eat before I work out because I am not hungry right then. I usually eat something within an hour of finishing....some oatmeal and fruit or a yogurt or something. I'm loving Thintervention so far...although I don't think Nikki is going to go far because she doesn't seem like she really wants to get healthy.
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