Recently, we received a question from Blair. She was wondering whether it is best to eat something before a morning work out or afterwards. And if so, what would be the best pre/post morning work out food?
In my experience, there is a lot of confusion about this topic. A lot of people claim they know the answer, but each and every one of them is claiming something else. I hope to give you an answer which I think is the best of all the different opinions there are around this topic.
Work out to the fullest
First, it depends a lot on the work out you are going to do. If you are going for a high intensity work out such as resistence training, you should try to eat something beforehand. However, if you’re going for a more relaxed work out such as yoga, you can eat afterwards. The reason for this is that your body needs a lot of energy when performing a high intensity work out. Many people believe that if you don’t eat before a work out you will lose more weight. The problem with this is that you will harm your muscle tissue instead of losing fat. Moreover, your body needs a lot of energy when you are performing a high intensity work out. It is important to fuel your body. Furthermore, not eating before such a work out can cause dizzyness and sluggishness which does not help you to work out to the fullest. That’s why it is better to eat before a work out.
However, what to eat before a morning work out?
The best things to eat before a work out are carbohydrates and protein. Of course, you don’t have to eat a whole meal before a work out. Just make sure that you eat something like a healthy snack. Maybe a banana or a protein shake if you find it hard to eat something in the morning. If you have no trouble with eating in the morning you can also try the oatmeal experience. The best time to eat is about 45 minutes to an hour before your work out starts.
Furthermore, it doesn’t matter how long your morning work out will last. This depends on what you think is best for you. Of course you can do resistence training, but try to experiment with different kinds of work outs. Eventually, you will figure out what work out and its duration will fit you best. This is different for every single person.
Hopefully, this has answered your questions, and the questions of many others as well! What do you do for your morning work out? And do you agree that it is best to eat before a morning work out?