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exercising before or after?


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this is probabbly a really begenner-ish question, but i like to exercise in the morning, and is it best to do it after or before i eat breakfast?

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I get cramps and stiches if I eat or drink before I run, so I run before breakfast.  If I'm doing weights in the gym, it doesn't make too much difference if I eat before or not.  I hope that helps.  Good luck, Ax

Don't pay attention to what people say about "you burn fat faster on an empty stomach." You burn fat by consuming less calories than you burn.

Experiment and see what works best for you. One day, try eating breakfast and then exercising. The next, try not eating breakfast and exercising (I would suggest a lighter routine - some people have been known to black out, so don't push yourself too hard). The next, try eating half of a breakfast before your workout, half after.

After experimenting with each, determine which worked best for you, taking into consideration cramps, difference in energy level, etc.
I'm a big advocate for exercising before you eat breakfast. Some people may disagree but here's why:

1) Even though weight/fat loss is about calories in/calories out, you do tend to burn more of your stored fat if you work out right when you wake up. This is because your body burns what very little carbs it has in its system more quickly and then turns to fat for energy earlier. It's most likely a miniscule difference in the long run, but I'd prefer this way.

2) Personally, I like getting the workout over with. I like being able to go home and eat breakfast knowing that the whole day is ahead of me and I'm done with my workout. I hate eating breakfast and then sitting at home knowing I still have to work out. For me at least it's not a good feeling.

3) Even though you do need to eat breakfast to jumpstart your metabolism, exercising right when you wake up has the same effect and more. Your metabolism sky rockets during the workout, and right afterwards it is at its highest point throughout the day. This means that while your eating breakfast presumably right after the workout, your body will be at its most efficient point in terms of burning calories. In addition, your heart rate will probably be somewhat faster throughout the entire day if you get up right away and work out which means you will slightly burn more calories.

Again, the difference between breakfast then workout or workout then breakfast to most people is miniscule at best. Do what works for you because as you will see some people simply can't work out on an empty stomach, whereas others can't work out after eating. It's all about personal preference.

eat a very light breakfast, like a piece 0f t0ast

y0u d0nt want t0 be full 0r y0ur st0mach digesting a l0t when y0u're w0rking 0ut,

when y0u digest y0ur b0dy uses bl00d fl0w t0 digest f00d in the st0mach taking s0me away fr0m y0ur muscles

(hence why if y0u d0 a real w0rk0ut training sessi0n when y0u're pr0perly unfit and have f00d in y0ur st0mach y0u v0mit :D )

but y0u sh0uld eat

pers0nally

i wake up, eat the t0ast, maybe have a banana, sh0wer, get dressed, stretch. gives ab0ut 20 mins f0r that f00d t0 make its way away

i find if i d0nt eat i cant hit my peak, and if i eat t00 much i cant start

but as said, each t0 their 0wn, but y0ur b0dy is starving when y0u wake up ;p

Original Post by 32123:

eat a very light breakfast, like a piece 0f t0ast

y0u d0nt want t0 be full 0r y0ur st0mach digesting a l0t when y0u're w0rking 0ut,

when y0u digest y0ur b0dy uses bl00d fl0w t0 digest f00d in the st0mach taking s0me away fr0m y0ur muscles

(hence why if y0u d0 a real w0rk0ut training sessi0n when y0u're pr0perly unfit and have f00d in y0ur st0mach y0u v0mit :D )

but y0u sh0uld eat

pers0nally

i wake up, eat the t0ast, maybe have a banana, sh0wer, get dressed, stretch. gives ab0ut 20 mins f0r that f00d t0 make its way away

i find if i d0nt eat i cant hit my peak, and if i eat t00 much i cant start

 

but as said, each t0 their 0wn, but y0ur b0dy is starving when y0u wake up ;p

 your o key is broken huh?

How long is the period between eating and exercising? I ask because I have always heard that if you can get your metabolism up through cardio or whatever and then eat, you'll burn off more of those initial calories. I guess the idea is that you're burning more immediately after a workout anyway, so it's a great time to drop those extra calories in. I'm not 100% sure I believe this, though.

The personal preference thing is big, though. My husband and I don't eat together on Martial Arts nights (that's martial, not maritalWink) because I can't go on an empty stomach and he can't go if he's eaten more than a light snack.

If I'm exercising in the morning, I'm getting up earlier (more hours awake = more calories burned) and probably doing something quite tough ie. long run or rowing (more calories burned) so I like to have a slightly bigger breakfast than normal and have half before and half after eg. cereal, 6 mile run, pb on toast or porridge, rowing, banana.

Personally, I have to eat something before I work out, I need that easily availible energy to perform at the high intensity that my workout's demand, especially since I've been fasting for at least 8 hours. Too much can cause cramps and make it even harder to work out, so it's a balance. I'll eat a banana and a small sandwhich and then make my way to the gym, because if I don't eat anything, I feel weak and sometimes even lightheaded. And then usually I'll have another banana and protein afterward to help my muscles refuel and repair. 

But honestly, I think there's no difference as to the amount of fat burned either way. Either you have breakfast and burn that fuel off and maybe a little more fat, or you don't have breakfast, burn fat for energy, and then store breakfast as fat when you do eat.

But in all, you really just have to find what works best for you.

it depends on how i feel when i wake up. if i am absolutely STARVING ill eat a banana immediately when i wake up, then get dressed, brush my teeth and go. then when i get back i shower and have a real breakfast. if im not starving i don't eat.

but i always try to drink atleast 16 ounces of water before im out the door. i find if i don't drink enough water before im worse off then not eating before.


as others have said, do what works best

Personally, if I don't eat something before I workout in the morning, I get shaky and sick to my stomach.  I fix a simple fruit, yogur, and ice smoothie and drink it on my drive to the gym.  That holds me over for about 3 hours, until I get to work, and I have some oatmeal.  Cool

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