While on a webinar tonight with a great group of people looking to map out and plan their goals for the next 90 days the question was asked, is it best to eat before an early morning workout or not? I personally feel better performance outcomes if I eat prior to an early morning workout, what I choose to eat is based on what feels good at that time of the morning, is quick and also does not repeat during the workout. In saying this I do sometimes exercise without having eaten, gee I get hungry during and can't wait for breakie when I am done! Food choices prior to, well this is not full meal, just something to get the engine started so to speak. This topic did get me think, so I went on the search for some literature on the topic. Here is a link to the article that discusses the outcome in regards to weight loss when consuming a meal prior to your early morning workout.
Exercising Fasting or Fed to Enhance Fat Loss? Influence of Food Intake on Respiratory Ratio and Excess Postexercise Oxygen Consumption After a Bout of Endurance Training' by Paoli, Marcolin, Zonin, Neri, Sivieri, and Pacelli (2011)
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