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Do You Eat Before Your Early Morning Workout?

Posted Jan 07 2009 2:46pm


I am getting some really good questions from my readers and its giving me more reader’s interest topics to post about! Keep the questions coming! Email me at

“I’m interested in your opinion on nutrition when working out in the early morning - I’m not normally a morning person, but I want to change to a before-work routine, as I usually can’t be bothered going to the gym after a long day at the office! I tend to feel faint if I don’t eat shortly before a workout, but I’ve heard it’s beneficial to work out first thing on an empty stomach - I’m afraid I’d pass out if I did that!

What would you recommend?”

Many thanks,
Tara (Australia)

First off Tara, great decision to move your workouts to early morning so that no matter what, you are fitting them in to your day…and the best part is you will feel so much better all day and not have to worry about it anymore!

Second, I definitely recommend eating before your workout. You have to look at the overall picture and realize that your body hasn’t had food in about 10-14 hours! That is a very long time for our bodies to go without food, as it tends to slow down our metabolism. You will also need the nutrients to give you energy to be able to get in a good, hard workout! There are many different opinions about what you should eat before your workout, but my suggestion is a protein shake. A protein shake will provide for quick absorption–much quicker than eating some eggs. On the mornings that I plan to get up and workout right away, I will do my protein shake with water and ice. But on mornings when I have a couple hours before my workout, I will do some yogurt with cottage cheese, a little bit of flavored protein powder and some fruit. I then allow for about an hour before my workout, as I am not able to workout as well with food sitting in my stomach.

While some people can and do perform their workouts on an empty stomach, it’s not something I would recommend. You need to fuel your body to burn calories and if you have no fuel, you will only be burning muscle.

So what’s your opinion? Do you like to eat before your early morning workout? If so, what is YOUR choice of nutrition?

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