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early morning - what to eat before I workout?

Lately I've started to workout in the mornings, but I have just been drinking water before I start my cardio workout. Anyone have suggestions on something quick to grab to eat before an early morning workout?


Fri. Jan 6, 10:49am

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I sometimes work out really early too and my trainer recommended that I eat at least 1/2 hour before I get to the gym. His #1 choice is to have oatmeal. Just a little pack of instant oatmeal is fine. A breakfast bar with a good amount of protein would be good too.


Friday, January 06, 2006, 11:34 AM

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Something light

I usually have a banana or an 8oz glass of OJ pre-workout. It gives you a nice boost first thing in the a.m., and it's good for you. I save the oatmeal for post-workout.:)

Friday, January 06, 2006, 8:20 PM

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try coffee

Have a big cup of hot coffee if you start your workout early enough so that you will finish by 6:00 a.m. Coffee is all you need for an early morning workout.


Friday, January 06, 2006, 8:47 PM

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Just the h20

According to my personal trainer and other material I've read, you maximize your work out if you work out on an empty stomach (especially true for cardio).
So grab the quick things mentioned AFTER your workout:)

Friday, January 06, 2006, 9:29 PM

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I asked my nutritionist about this and I was told exact opposite of the above poster. I was told its very dangerous to exercise with nothing in your system as it can result in dizzyness, lightheadedness, effects your blood pressure, etc. I was told a half a piece of fruit, some milk, some juice....something light to get you going and keep your blood sugar up through the workout.

Saturday, January 07, 2006, 5:45 PM

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Just H2O?? - the advice is suspect

Research around this topic varies far too much. I think if you're doing any sustained cardio, you need at least 100-200 calories in your system. If your blood sugar is low, and you do some hard cardio, you could easily "bonk" because of low blood sugar.

A glass of orange juice, a slice of whole wheat toast with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, a 140-calorie kashi bar is really all you need.

Saturday, January 07, 2006, 7:24 PM

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The previous poster is right on. I have exercised with my less active friends and they start getting light headed after about 20 mins. so I ask, "did you eat anything before we started?" they always answer, "no". They have learned the hard way. Nothing like exercising and feeling like you're going to pass out. Just get a little something beforehand, your body will thank you.

Sunday, January 08, 2006, 12:52 PM

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I attended a running seminar.
They recommended the following.

1) Drink water or sports drink (preferred) prior to working out. This will help keep you from getting dehydrated and getting a dehydration head-ache.

2) Make sure you eat something before you work out. - Preferably something with carbohydrates--not a full meal, but sometihg small, so that you don't cramp up.

Note: They told us that our bodies run on stored glycogen the first 15 minutes of an intense work out. It is only after the 1st 15 minutes of running or other intense activity that you start to really burn off the calories...

3) Drink sports drinks while you are working out, because of the electrolytes lost in sweat.

4) When you are finished working out and post-workout stretching, eat something like a sports bar or something like that immediately AFTER working out-- within the 1st 1/2 hour. The reason for this is that it replenishes some of the stored glycogens--If you have ever noticed feeling extremely exhausted the day after working out, it is because you didn't replace some of the stored glycogens. I guess it's because even after you're done working out, your body continues to burn energy (your core body temperature will be slightly higher--it takes energy to keep your body cool.)

You will find that by eating something post-workout will help you feel fresh and energized for the next day.

We were surprised at the high-carbohydrate/protein granola our running coach gave us for after our run. The key is that you don't sit down and gorge yourself, but to just have some food to reload after you are done exercising. I like to take the "Emergen - C" vitamin drinks immediately after my workiouts, along with a piece of fruit.

Sunday, January 08, 2006, 1:23 PM

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Also, I've found that if I drink a sports drink while working out, vs. water, my hands will tend to swell less. It's because drinking plain water changes the electrolyte balance in your system... The calories ingested through the sports drink will pretty much be burned off during your work-out.

Sunday, January 08, 2006, 1:25 PM

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My favorite pre-workout snack is lowfat fruit yogurt.

Sunday, January 08, 2006, 10:54 PM

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