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Is it better to eat or exercise first in the morning?


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Im reading about condlicting stories. Some say you should eat first while others say you shouldn't. Also is it better to exercise in the morning or in the evening?

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I know what you mean about conflicting stories! But I think you pretty much have to find what works best for you; giving you the best results and making you feel the best.

I've tried morning and evening exercise schedules, both with and without eating beforehand. For me personally, I find a morning work out energizes me for the day, plus prevents me from coming up with excuses not to go in the evening. As for eating beforehand, I grab something on the lighter side maybe a half hour before my workout (piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter and half an apple). If I don't eat, I get dizzy, but eating too much makes me feel sick.

Do whichever allows you to get a better workout in.

Original Post by amethystgirl:

Do whichever allows you to get a better workout in.

 Agreed. Took me awhile to find the best workout routine for me, where I work two desk jobs. I jump rope in the morning (right now its WAY to cold to jog outside.. negative degrees and 2 feet of snow) and when I get home from work, a couple nights a week I will do my pilates workout. It works best, but everyone is different. I am sure you will find the right workout in time! =)

I know the answer to this Smile.

You burn more calories if you exercise on an empty stomach however you have more energy to work out longer if you eat first.

So really it depends on you and how long you can work out for. You get tired easier if you exercise first but you burn more calories. You burn less calories if you eat first but then your able to work out for longer.

so they kinda both compensate each other. I learnt this while watching the 700 club.

Original Post by kimbeerly:

I know the answer to this .

You burn more calories if you exercise on an empty stomach however you have more energy to work out longer if you eat first.

 Wouldn't you actually burn more calories if you work out longer whether you eat first or not?

Ya. What im saying is if you want to exercise for 30min for instance, you burn more calories doing it on an empty stomach than if you had eaten prior and then worked out for the 30min. However if you want to push it to 1,2,3 hours then its better to eat first because you might find out that you wouldn't have energy to workout for that long on an empty stomach.

I hope I'm kinda making sense. Don't really know how to explain it explicitly. 

Original Post by kimbeerly:

Ya. What im saying is if you want to exercise for 30min for instance, you burn more calories doing it on an empty stomach than if you had eaten prior and then worked out for the 30min. However if you want to push it to 1,2,3 hours then its better to eat first because you might find out that you wouldn't have energy to workout for that long on an empty stomach.

I hope I'm kinda making sense. Don't really know how to explain it explicitly. 

No, TR is right here. You aren't burning more calories by just being on an empty stomach. Its possible if you had eaten prior, you could have worked out harder for those 30 minutes, thus burning more calories.

I've read in a few places that working out on an empty stomach burns more calories from fat ( I'm sorry I have no sources) but to me it seems like if you're going to only do 30 minutes of exercise and you have the energy to do it on an empty stomach then go for it, but anything longer might be too much without food.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/04/health/04re al.html     kind of a source lol

Right, it changes "where" the energy comes from. But for general weight loss, it all comes down to the 24 hour calorie balance.

Also, mind that going too hard without food in you for an extended length of time "can" lead to situations where your body starts breaking down muscle for energy/brain functions, so intensity needs to be taken under consideration

It certainly is not good to exercise with a full stomach. That being said, you don't have to go in the morning with a starved stomach either. The best thing is to wait 2 hours after a meal before you exercising. In my experience, the ideal is to wake up, have a nutritious and quite caloric (healthy calories!) breakfast which is at the same time is easy on the digestioin. A smoothie is perfect; blend fresh fruits with some low fat yoghurt and 7-15 almonds. It boosts your metabolism and gives you plenty of energy, while it is also easy to digest. Start working out 1,5 - 2 hours afterwards. Your stomach will be empty, but you will have a lot of energy and your metabolism will already be running fast. You can also put in the training session after the next meal, if that too is rather light. But make sure to wait 2 hours before exercising.

Personally I don't like to exercise in the evenings, as I think it is vital to have a good (yet light) protein based dinner or lunch after a workout session. A filet of salmon with some easy raw veggies (spinach, tomato, radishes, sprouts, lettuce) with olive oil, ground pepper and a pinch of lemon is perfect.

But that's just me :)

Original Post by amethystgirl:

Do whichever allows you to get a better workout in.

 YEP! Exactly! Don't get caught up in silly details. What is more important is actually getting out and doing the exercise. And enjoying it enough to keep doing it!

Any actual or theoretical gains or losses to be found from exercising/eating in a particular order will be miniscule compared to what you gain just by doing the exercise in the first place.

Do what feels right for you

Me personally, I would not be able to sweat up a storm without first having a good 400 calorie breakfast. I would feel very dizzy and feel like I am about to faint... Just my personal experience. Others find it better to work their guts out first, than eat. All up to the individual I believe.

I'm going to agree with the majority of above posters and say to find what works for you. What combination of time of day and recent food intake (or lack thereof) allows you to really put a good effort into your workout, sustain it for a decent period of time, and be faithful with it schedule wise? For me, I have the best workouts about an hour after lunch, but with my schedule that is only possible on the weekends.

 

Personally, if I tried to get up in the morning and go exercise without breakfast I know that I wouldn't have the energy to give it my best. On the other hand, I know people who will ONLY exercise on an empty stomach because doing otherwise makes them feel sluggish and nauseous. What will ultimately make the difference is that you ARE exercising faithfully.

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