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working out first thing in the a.m. on an empty stomach...
working out first thing in the a.m. on an empty stomach...
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3/6/12 8:46 PM
I work out first thing in the morning. I wake up take the performance formula, wait 30-40 min. per instructions and then do my workout. I am currently doing Power 90. I keep reading so many different things and they all contradict each other. There are a lot of times its a lil hard to get through the workout and I think its because I am working out on an empty stomach. I am looking to burn as much fat as possible, and not lose but keep or gain lean muscle. I have read that its great to workout in the a.m. on an empty stomach to lose/burn more body fat. I have also read that I should have something on my stomach. I have also read that working out first thing on an empty stomach can burn lean muscle vs. fat. Like I said, i wake up, take the performance formula and then I workout. Right after my workout I have a protein shake and breakfast. Should I be eating before my workout and if so what should I eat? Im already taking a shake and eating breakfast after the workout. Should I take a shake before and after my workout? Should I have something else? Any help would be appreciated.
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RE: working out first thing in the a.m. on an empty stomach...
3/7/12 6:16 AM as a reply to NomadicWays.
Unless you're working out for more than 90 minutes or so, your body should have plenty of stored energy (glycogen) to burn during your workout without having to catabolize muscle tissue.

That is, of course, provided you're eating enough on a daily basis. My advice is, as long as you're making it through your workouts with plenty of energy, you're fine. If you start to notice that you're crashing, bump your daily calories up by 100-150 and see if it helps.

Either way, no, you don't need to eat before your morning workout.
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RE: working out first thing in the a.m. on an empty stomach...
3/7/12 6:56 AM as a reply to TheBandit27.
TheBandit27:
Unless you're working out for more than 90 minutes or so, your body should have plenty of stored energy (glycogen) to burn during your workout without having to catabolize muscle tissue.

That is, of course, provided you're eating enough on a daily basis. My advice is, as long as you're making it through your workouts with plenty of energy, you're fine. If you start to notice that you're crashing, bump your daily calories up by 100-150 and see if it helps.

Either way, no, you don't need to eat before your morning workout.


I would like to add to what TheBandit said in regards to upping your calories. IF you find that you need to up your calories be mindful of where those calories are coming from. You don't want those calories coming from foods that contain "empty calories".....
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RE: working out first thing in the a.m. on an empty stomach...
3/7/12 9:31 AM as a reply to CoachJohnX.
You technically are not working out first thing in the morning, but I guess you need to give your supplement some time to kick in.

I try to start my workouts just a few minutes after I wake up. Try drinking a protein shake before you go to bed. Just like Bandit said, you will have plenty of stored energy to burn during your workout.
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