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You Asked: Eating and Early Morning Workouts

Dear Fitsugar,
I have been working out and trying to be healthier for about 5 months now.
I'm a college student so I workout Monday - Thursday in the evening and I
eat dinner about an hour before. This semester though, I am taking a
Fitness walking class at 7:00 am!!! I was wondering, should I eat breakfast
before or after I take that class.

-College Walker

What a great way to start the day. After not eating for 8 hours while sleeping, you will need to refuel your body before working out. But you will probably not have enough time to prepare or even digest a full meal. Since carbs are easier to digest than protein or fat, you should stick to carbs. Plus carbs are easily converted into fuel for your muscles. If your plan is to get up and go, try eating a banana, a piece of whole wheat toast or a small cup of nonfat yogurt. You might need to experiment with the right food or combinations of foods that work best for you as a pre-workout snack. Follow your workout with a well balanced meal that includes all the macro nutrients - fat, protein and carbs.


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Hollisterbabe01 Hollisterbabe01 9 years
I love Oatmeal! it is the best! and plus eat breakfast i will faint!
ulme0020 ulme0020 9 years
Oatmeal! I will say it again: OATMEAL! So healthy and good for you. I eat it at least once a day and always before I work out. My favorite is Weight Control by Quaker Oats, Maple Sugar flavored. Has 160 calories and I can barely eat the whole thing. Try it and you won't be disapointed.
mem952 mem952 9 years
i like to eat a piece of fruit- preferably a peach, nectarine kiwi fruit or apricot.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 9 years
I work out every morning and I dont eat before! I eat @ 11 or 12 depending on when i have class. But I drink green or black tea before I got to give me an energy boost!
sweet_potato sweet_potato 9 years
I have a small apple and a Source, no sugar added yogurt before going to the gym. Sometimes a green tea as well.
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
I heard a good small snack in the a.m. before working out is whole-wheat toast with some jam.
magita magita 9 years
I used to work out at 5:30 every morning and its a fine line between having something that will give you energy and eating something that will make you feel sick when you're running. I used to eat one of those little single-serving containers of no sugar added applesauce and drink a mini gatorade about an hour beforehand. It worked great and never upset my stomach, especially because food can make me feel nauseous in the morning. There's nothing worse than running when you can feel the food sloshing around...yuck.
améliore améliore 9 years
I don't like to eat solid food before I go out and do cardio. I feel like all the blood rushing to my stomach takes away from my workout, so I usually eat a nice breakfast within a half hour of completing my workout. I used to eat a small breakfast before rowing, but that was in anticipation of several hours of working out...
tshellyedwards tshellyedwards 9 years
Like blackjade, I also work out a few times a week at 5am. I don't have to time to let a whole yogurt cup or toast digest, so I usually grab something small to give me some more stamina, including one of the following: -1 graham cracker (I thought I was the only one, blackjade! :D) -2 clementines -Small handful cereal (Such as Kashi or mulit-grain Cheerios) -1/2 banana Then, once I return from my workout and get showered and ready for work, then I eat my regular breakfast.
Athena1 Athena1 9 years
I have trouble eating food before a workout too. Fruit maybe (good reminder), and I should try whole wheat toast, but in general, I like to workout a couple of hours at least after I eat. I usually eat right after too.
windynini windynini 9 years
Yeah, I also go run at the park at around 7:00 am but I don't eat anything before this. I have a glass of water, but something solid, not really. I thought it was something good, but I guess not. I'll have to try the banana.
blackjade blackjade 9 years
I workout at 5am a few days a week. I usually grab one of the following: -a small handful of trailmix -one graham cracker -1/2 an apple I've worked out in the morning with out eating anything, but I don't last as long, but at the same time I don't want to eat anything heavy. These snacks are perfect.
almblack almblack 9 years
I don't eat anything before my morning work outs either. I like to eat afterwards and if I'm only going to burn a few hundred calories, I don't want to negate the purpose of my workout. However, my bf just told me that I could be burning muscle instead of fat if I don't eat beforehand. So I like fit's comments. However, I can't eat dairy before I run.
GeikoSera GeikoSera 9 years
Yikes, I haven't been eating anything before my morning workout....
Ikandy Ikandy 9 years
I need at least 2 hours after I eat b4 I can workout.
JBlondie JBlondie 9 years
I sometimes have an apple with peanut butter or throw a little pb on whole wheat bread.
7kimba7 7kimba7 9 years
Ugh... I will get sick if I don't eat anything before a work-out. I do just what Fit says and either eat a yogurt or a banana.
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