Wake up early in the morning to exercise and need to fuel your workout? Go for a mix of protein and easily digestible carbs, which allows your body to stay energized during your workout.
DON’T exercise on an empty stomach!
But you might feel like skipping breakfast if you don’t have enough time to eat something. Realize, however, that it has been many hours since you last fed yourself and your body cannot perform optimally without enough energy. Working out on an empty stomach means your body runs the risk of using muscle tissue rather than fat to fuel your morning workouts. This can start to break down the existing muscles you worked so hard to build and could also lead to a lower workout performance and over-eating later in the day.
For those early morning workouts, small portions and simple carbs are best. Prep them before you go to bed, keep them in the fridge, and grab them just before you get going. Here are a few excellent pre-workout suggestions that will encourage optimal performance and recovery before, during and after your exercise routine. So, bottom line: WHAT TO EAT BEFORE AN EARLY MORNING WORKOUT:
1.These are the best breakfasts to eat before a very early workout (4.30 AM- 5 AM-6 AM):
-Half a banana with a teaspoon of peanut butter
-Half a mini bagel with a teaspoon of cream cheese
-A hardboiled egg and a half slice of toast
-A handful of cereal
-1/4 cup dried fruit
-A couple swigs of 100 percent fruit juice
2.And these are the best to eat a little later in the morning (7 AM-8 AM):
-Oatmeal with low-fat milk
-Protein bars and a cup of coffee (caffeine boosts endurance)
-A smoothie made with a scoop of protein powder, milk (or almond milk), frozen fruit, and spinach
-A slice of toast with jam
-1/2 cup Greek yogurt with fruit
-A banana or apple with nuts
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Keep in mind: the timing and size of your meal matters! A massive meal right before you exercise could lead to nausea and cramping. Food usually takes about 45 minutes to digest, so try eating at least 45 minutes to an hour before you start your workout.