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What To Eat Before Workout: A Useful Guide For Fitness

June 20, 2024
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To lose weight and get in shape, people often choose to exercise to promote fat burning. According to research, if you choose to workout in the morning, you will not only be alert faster to start the new day but also wake up your body and increase your metabolism throughout the day. However, do you know what you should eat and what to eat before workout in the morning? Don’t worry, this article will answer all your questions!

Why You Should Eat Before Morning Workout

In the beginning, we should figure out the question: should you eat before your morning workout? Of course, you should! Workout with an empty stomach in the morning will not achieve the effect you want, on the contrary, it has the following drawbacks:

  1. Exercising on an empty stomach can lead to decreased endurance and low blood sugar levels, which may lead to dizziness, nausea, and fatigue.
  2. Your body will get used to constantly using the energy from fat reserves and start to store more fat than usual.
  3. Exercising on an empty stomach, a method often used to reduce fat, is frequently combined with a low-carbohydrate diet. However, combining these two methods can lead to a state called ‘ketosis’, which can be harmful to health due to the increase of ketone bodies in the body.
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What To Eat Before Workout In The Morning

How many calories to eat

The standard breakfast calorie recommendation is 300-500 calories, to prevent the stomach burden caused by overeating before exercise, it is recommended to eat about 100-150 calories (eg. a banana), the rest of the food can be eaten within 30-60 minutes after your workout in the morning.

Foods to eat

  1. Low GI carbohydrate: this kind of food can increase body fat energy supply by 17.9%
    • Staple food: whole-wheat bread; purple sweet potato; sweet potato; cereal
    • Fruits: banana; apple; orange; avocado
  2. High protein: egg; chicken breast; milk
  3. Fat: salmon; nut
  4. Liquid: lemon honey water; black coffee; green tea

Here are some recommended foods you can eat before workout in the morning. You can also choose and mix them according to your taste preferences.

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Jessica Brown
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Jessica Brown is a 29-year-old freelance copywriter who is passionate about human nature and is now immersing herself deeply into the realm of health and wellness. Jessica holds a Master of Arts in Literary Studies from the National University of Singapore and a Bachelor's in Biology from the University of Cambridge.