Are you a morning workout person? I definitely fit into this category. For me, it’s best if I wake up, work out, and be done with it. Otherwise I talk myself out of it as the day goes on. However, one thing I have never been good at is eating before a workout. The thought of waking up even earlier in order to get food in me, wait a little bit for it to settle in, and then workout, is not appealing to me. However, I am going to try to be better about this. Honestly, your body will thank you and you will be able to fly through your workout feeling more energized than usual.
Here’s the logic. By the time you wake up in the morning, most of your energy sources have been depleted from the six plus hours you have been sleeping. Your body has gone into conservation mode and needs fuel to function properly. Also, contrary to what you might think, eating a small snack before working out will actually improve your weight loss efforts. Due to your glycogen (carb) stores being low, your body thinks a famine is coming and actually holds onto fat, rather than burning it. Even more of a downfall, your body will also begin burning your lean muscle that you have been working so hard to build. We all know that maintaining lean muscle is a plus when it comes to weight loss. It keeps your metabolism raised and burns more calories during your daily activities than fat, so we don’t want to burn it!
So what do you eat and how long before your workout should you eat?
Timing does play a part in making sure you are fueled properly to get through your workout. The workout itself also plays a factor. Obviously fueling up for a marathon is much different than getting your body ready for a couple mile walk. For the most part I would plan on trying to get some nutrients into your system at least 20-30 minutes prior to your workout, making sure not to overdo it. Eating too much can also cause you to feel nauseous and sluggish. Therefore aim at keeping your light snack to 100-200 calories at the most. You should also try to pick foods with a good carbohydrate or protein that is easy on your system to digest. Here are a few suggestions:
granola bar (or half, depending on how calorie dense it is)
small handful of nuts
small protein drink
Get the most from your workouts and fuel your body properly 🙂
What’s your pre-workout routine?