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Early AM Pre-Workout - to eat or not to eat?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 23, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Early AM Pre-Workout - to eat or not to eat? And what are your reason's and/or gains for what option you choose?

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on April 12, 2014
at 02:21 AM

Thanks for the tip, about to start doing this also. I have about 30minutes from waking to training, so hopefully eating isn't going to cause the 'spew' factor!

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on September 23, 2011
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any food pre work out sits in my stomach like a pointy rock. not fun bouncing around with it.

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on September 23, 2011
at 02:49 PM

You already seem very lean and mean. I think I'd like to meet you ;-). Also, I enjoy your recipes.

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on September 23, 2011
at 01:11 PM

Every body is different and I can only say that for me, I trained fasted my whole life but no longer do that.

I work out 4-5 days a week and on my lifting/CrossFit days, up at 6am, I have a banana with a little almond butter and sea salt with a huge glass of coconut water. When I stopped fasting and went this route my performance improved greatly, no flagging with energy and strong until the end. On the days that I do Bikram I'll have a whey shake about 3 hours beforehand and remain strong in that damn 100 degree room for the 90 minute session.

My reason? Well.. I'm on a gaining path to get big and strong to go with my lean and mean.

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on September 23, 2011
at 02:49 PM

You already seem very lean and mean. I think I'd like to meet you ;-). Also, I enjoy your recipes.

6639d639a6a776bd5bd9c7d87c7ebe61

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on April 12, 2014
at 02:21 AM

Thanks for the tip, about to start doing this also. I have about 30minutes from waking to training, so hopefully eating isn't going to cause the 'spew' factor!

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on September 23, 2011
at 01:01 PM

I think this is a very personal decision based on what your goals are and what your body works best with. Working out fasted can be very beneficial for fat loss.

Personally, when I work out early am, I don't eat. When I had a personal trainer he thought it might be beneficial for me to eat before working out. We tried real food, protein shakes and protein bars and pretty much everything made me nauseous. I don't work out well with food of any kind in my stomach. It makes me feel sloshy and gross. I do think it helped me with my weight loss, but really, I wouldn't have been able to change it anyway.

When I work out in the afternoon, I also need to be careful not to have eaten anything for up to an hour before. My body just doesn't like food in it if I'm going to be moving a lot.

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on September 23, 2011
at 06:46 PM

any food pre work out sits in my stomach like a pointy rock. not fun bouncing around with it.

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on April 12, 2014
at 10:36 AM

Standard Nutrition Practice, which is followed over years, says that it is ideal to grab a small meal/snacks before the workout.

But I believe working out with empty stomach is more beneficial. Fasting Exercise helps in burning more calories from the fats. Also fastening and exercising helps to yield acute oxidative stress, which will ultimately help in developing muscle.

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on April 12, 2014
at 09:17 AM

I eat when I'm hungry

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on April 12, 2014
at 02:46 AM

I prefer to work out fasted (but after I've hydrated). Now that I'm fat adapted it's fine.

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on April 12, 2014
at 02:18 AM

I agree that you have to do what is right for you. I work out early and for a few years now have always done this on an empty stomach. I've recently discovered that I have low cortisol which is affecting my adrenals. Part of correcting this is to ensure that I eat first thing in the morning. Now to figure out the best thing to eat before a CrossFit session!

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on September 23, 2011
at 01:10 PM

It depends on how early I think. I get up at 5:30 a.m. to workout regularly and there's just no time which is fine with me. Working out fasted has some real benefits to it and I suggest reading everything you can here about it and intermittent fasting. Working out without food in my stomach also makes me feel lighter and less bogged down with digestive issues.

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on September 23, 2011
at 01:08 PM

I personally work out on an empty stomach having only a glass of water before I begin. I'm trying to lose fat and it seems to be working quite well for me.

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