Eating the right food in the morning can have a great impact on your health for the entire day. However, what to eat to fuel your morning workout can seem a bit confusing.
Do I eat real food?
What won't make me feel sick?
...Should I eat at all?
Read on to learn how to get the most out of your workout, because it really is the best time of day to get your training done!
When Should You Eat?
Usually, it takes food around 45 minutes to digest, so we suggest you eat a small meal 45 mins before working out. Even though that may seem like a tonne of time early in the mornings, if you eat a small snack right after you wake up you should find that 45 mins fly by as you’re brushing your teeth, putting on your workout clothes, driving to the gym and warming up.
How Much Should You Eat?
For a 45-60-minute workout, your morning pre-workout snack should be around 200 calories. That will give you enough fuel to boost your workout. Eating too big a meal will make you feel sluggish because the body will be using a lot of energy digesting. (we've got some low calorie ideas below!)
What Should You Eat?
This depends on the type of workout you will be doing:
Use these ideas as a beginning point and adjust it until you discover what works best for you.
DO YOU ACTUALLY NEED TO EAT?
Short answer, no.
There are many people in our morning classes that don't eat anything before they workout and still see improvements in strength and fitness.
Although there is research to suggest that training intensely on an empty stomach will mean our body uses some muscle mass as fuel, since our glycogen stores are depleted overnight. This is especially true if you are trying to lose weight and might be eating less calories over all.
So our recommendation is to try out both options - if you currently eat nothing, eat something for 1 month and see how your body feels. You could see some amazing improvements in your training, in your strength and endurance.
Test, monitor your performance and find what works for you. Use the recipes above or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for some personalised recommendations from our Nutritionist!
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