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March 30, 2012 3:49 AM
I often go to the gym early in the morning, so I'll have breakfast when I come back, and I feel fine. But if I leave it later and I'm hungry, I'm not sure what to do - I have a vague recollection that you're not meant to eat directly before you exercise, but how soon is 'directly' before?


- If I go early in the morning, should I eat before?
- If so, how long should I leave it between eating and exercising?
- Or in general is it better to just eat afterwards?
March 30, 2012 3:52 AM
There're multiple people that say exercising on an empty stomach promotes fat loss..I don't believe that's the case but eh, I'm no scientist. Then again, neither are they.

It's personal preference.
If you feel drained and need the energy from food before a workout, then eat. If it makes you feel sick while you're working out, wait until afterwards.
How long between eating and exercising? Long enough that you won't throw up the food while you're exercising.

Edit: If I'm doing weights first in the morning I'll have a piece of fruit then afterwards smash down a big brekkie. If I'm doing cardio I'll just get straight into it with no food, then eat when I get back.
Edited by CaseRat On March 30, 2012 3:56 AM
March 30, 2012 3:54 AM
I personally cannot eat too soon before exercising (any time of the day) but I suggest you have SOMETHING before exercising.

If early morning I will usually have a banana and then eat a proper breakfast as soon as I get home.
If a little later in morning ie. 10am I will have eggs on toast at about 8.30 but nothing after 9.
March 30, 2012 3:54 AM
I always have a protein shake about 20 minutes before i workout.

I wouldn't have breakfast because it's too much in your stomach to workout on.

Go with a protein shake - I'm a Vegan so have Hemp protein but there are loads of different types and different flavour protein powders out there :-)
March 30, 2012 3:55 AM
I also work out in the morning. What works for me is to just have a banana when I first get up, my workout is about 45 minutes to an hour later. I then have my full breakfast after I finish the workout. The banana takes the edge off as I am usually hungry when I get up. I don't like to workout on a full stomach.
March 30, 2012 3:55 AM
I usually eat an hour and a half before but I work out in the evenings. I find you can put more in if you have a good energy base :) If I am running in the morning cause I have no time after work I will drink some orange juice or a smoothie the moment I wake up and set off twenty minutes later.
March 30, 2012 3:56 AM
I find that if I don't have a little something before my workout I get the shakes really bad and then my workout is shortened. So I try to have something small and eat again after.
March 30, 2012 3:56 AM
I was told to eat something before a work out, eat something very light. Not heavy. Like toast, or instant oatmeal. Eat something very small. Don't eat a meal before you go to the gym, because you will feel very full and when you work out on a full stomach you will get cramps and won't want to work out.
March 30, 2012 3:58 AM
I think it's personaly preference

I need to eat before or I tend to faint - not the best look!
March 30, 2012 3:59 AM
You will get people on both sides of the fence here... but I for one never go to the gym in the morning on an empty stomach. For one I am a type 2 diabetic and my BS in the morning are in the low 80/ upper 70's so going to the gym and working out for 90 minutes that away would definitely induce a Blackout episode lol. But I prefer to eat (breakfast is the largest meal of my day, normally avg. around 800-900 calories) before working out. I don't believe in the science of empty stomach promotes better fat loss either.. Been losing a good amount of weight eating a nice big breakfast before my morning workout so it works for me... Good Luck to you......
Edited by CyberEd312 On March 30, 2012 4:01 AM
March 30, 2012 3:59 AM
if you want to eat something its okay, i would recommend something that would give you energy... such as fresh fruit...these are filled with "good" sugars that'll help you threw your work out... but mainly avoid bad heavy foods like bagals, breakfast muffins etc. oh and what ever you do choose, DONT EAT TO GET FULL. obviously no beuno for a workout.
hope this helps :)
March 30, 2012 4:08 AM
I exercise most mornings before work. if I am hungry i eat something light or perhaps have a protein shake. If I am not hungry i don't eat. Nearly wlays have a protein skake and multi vitamin after a workout.
March 30, 2012 4:30 AM
I could never eat before a workout... It literally makes me sick! I either exersize first thing in the morning on an empty stomach or I need to not eat 3-4 hrs before my workout smile
March 30, 2012 4:56 AM
Same as you on the weekend, go on an empty stomach if i go early enough, if not, I have some coffee and a small container of greek yogurt, that holds me over till I get home
March 30, 2012 5:09 AM
I eat a good sized breakfast about 2 hours before I work out.
March 30, 2012 5:11 AM
I have a Protein shake before going to gym.
March 30, 2012 1:17 PM


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