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Old 12-03-2007, 06:43 AM   #1
Will Parker
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Exercise before breakfast

I want to workout early in the mornings before I have eaten breakfast (because I can fit it in that way).

I don't know however if this is bad or not or wont make a difference could anybody clarify for me?
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Old 12-03-2007, 06:59 AM   #2
Frederic Giraud
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Re: Exercise before breakfast

I've been working out with-out any breakfast at all for the past 9-10 months now.

I just recently started going to the gym in the evenings, and I was way more energic in the mornings even without a breakfast.

I drink a little coffee, then hit the gym.

A lot of people do this kind of schedule in parallel with IF ( Intermitent Fasting) and they will all tell you how much it doesnt change anything ( in a bad way) and almost makes it better.

THere's also some theories that says:

-Working out in the morning will make your body burn his reserve (fat) since it doesnt have anything else (almost) to do energy with. I'm not so sure about this one though, logically it sounds good, and I started doing so to try to cut some fat, and it worked, might not be the thing that made me burn fat but it might have helped.

-This one is harder to explain for a french guy like me. Let's say you burn 200 calories ( absolutely imaginary number) in the morning before eating, well during the course of the day those 200 calories would add up to all the rebuilding/building mechanism ( it takes more energy to build ) , your basic metabolism and would probably end up being 250-300 calorie in the end of the day, since you've been doing activity through the whole day, and the more activity the more calorrie burnt.

This one comes from a trainer at my gym, sounds logically good again but can't assure you of the validity of those points.

Point is, you might take some days to get use to it, but after that you wont notice any negative things, and perhaps will start feeling positives one

Go all out, work out on an empty stomach, you're sure not to meet pukie !

Good luck

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Old 12-03-2007, 08:01 AM   #3
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Re: Exercise before breakfast

thanks for the response learning stuff all the time here.
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Old 12-03-2007, 08:02 AM   #4
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Re: Exercise before breakfast

I work out in the mornings before breakfast. I am usually OK, though it is worse if I ate an early dinner the night before. I follow Zone, and it would probably be best if I broke off a block from my post-workout breakfast to have before the workout, but I've yet to be organized enough to do that before I gotta get out the door.
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Old 12-03-2007, 08:47 AM   #5
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Re: Exercise before breakfast

I usually have a 1 block snack about 45 minutes before I hit the gym and then have breakfast afterwards.. Seems to be working fine for me- haven't seen a drop in performance!
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Old 12-03-2007, 08:59 AM   #6
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Re: Exercise before breakfast

Empty stomach, eat at noon, no problems.
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Old 12-03-2007, 09:19 AM   #7
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Re: Exercise before breakfast

Jack LaLanne has been training at 5:00 am before breakfast for last 50(?) years, and he is still fit by any Crossfit Standards. There is an opinion that breakfast should be "earned" by doing workout before it.
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Old 12-03-2007, 12:06 PM   #8
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Re: Exercise before breakfast

I do the same as Jay.

Breaking the fast comes between noon and 2pm.
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Old 12-03-2007, 10:33 PM   #9
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Re: Exercise before breakfast

if you are just doing some cardio it's not a big deal not to eat before. if you are doing a real workout then get something in there! my suggestion would be a scaled down version of my normal breakfast....try this......

1/4 cup of oats
1/2 banana
1/2 to 1 cup of water
1/2 a scoop of chocolate or vanilla protein powder

blend it all together

my normal morning shake is:

2 cups skim milk
1 banana
1 cup of oatmeal
1-2 scoops protein powder
few shakes of cinamon

blend it all together for a great tasting shake
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Old 12-04-2007, 02:17 AM   #10
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Re: Exercise before breakfast

I have been IF'ing for a while and really enjoy my fasted workouts.

I strongly suggest reading Art Devany's "Evolutionary Fitness" on his site: (w/f/s)

He explains that 1) Growth Hormone levels are highest in the morning as they tend to peak during sleep.
2) Growth Hormone spikes after a rigorous workout, however carbs cause an insuline spike. When insulin climbs, GH drops. GH is supposed to be very powerful in both muscle repair and fat burning.

Give it a try for a couple of weeks and let us know how you feel.
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