I've read that you should eat a little something before exercising, like a least an hour beforehand. Something like fruit and yogurt, or a banana. But every time I've tried to do this, I find I can't exercise for as long. It's like I have less energy and get tired really quickly.
I usually start at 5am with core exercises, as I have arthritis in my spine and a slipped disc. I need to strengthen these muscles, especially my lower back, then I'll mix it up on different days, eg, The Biggest Loser on the Wii, Wii Fit Plus, Tae Bo, running, stretch and tone, free weights, whatever. I'm able to exercise for longer on an empty stomach - nearly 2 hours this morning with energy to spare.
I don't exercise for 2 hrs but I do exercise on an empty stomach. I hate the full bloated feeling that I get when I try to workout after eating.
If I have to work out in the evening I usually wait an hour or two after eating but I feel best when I work out as soon as I send hubby off to work in the morning. I have usually had a half glass of water and finish it during my workout. That is how I feel the best.
__________________ April - 35yr 5'10" mom of two teen boys
I too exercise on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. When I exercise in evening, I try to do it after work and before dinner so my stomach is pretty empty. And you're right, I've read opposing argurments from the 'professionals' but I say do what works for you!
Even I have heard about this.
But from where you will get the energy for working out if we do it empty stomach?
Loosely explained,the "energy" will come from the Glycogen / glucose stored in your liver and muscles and will give you the needed energy, but won't last too long.
I prefer running/ exercising on an empty/ mostly empty stomach and will supplement with a protein drink/ energy bar during my work out to keep the "gas" in my tank so I don't crash.
And then eat a protein rich meal with some complex carbs after my workout.
However, this does not work for everybody, my GF is the exact opposite, she cannot workout without having something to eat first. Your body will tell you
In my sport, I have found that I compete best on a near-empty stomach. However, I think for me this is because it's what I'm use to with training. I always eat a huge meal before (and after) practice, but we don't do competition-prep runthroughs until the last 10mins or so (it will have been maybe 4-5 hours since last eating).
Of course, there is still the energy issue - without some caloric intake, how can you keep from crashing? I found that at competitions (when I need to eat because I'm there all day, but don't want to ruin performance), eating nonsolid foods seems to not affect me too much. (Cottage cheese, peanut butter, applesauce, hummus...etc.)
Everyone has certain foods that they can or can't eat before working out. Personally, I can't eat anything with saturated fat right before practices. It just takes experimentation - you could probably find something light that will work for you, if you have any particular interest in being able to eat before exercise. I recommend nonsolid protein, but you really just have to try things.
"Expert" advice on this subject is pretty conflicting. So...I would say just do what makes sense to you. Personally, I think you would be better off from an athletic perspective if you ate something light before a morning workout. But, if you don't want to, who am I to stop you? I can't say the facts are on my side, because there are just as many "facts" on yours. I eat on a schedule like many highly competitive swimmers do. That's because I'm a highly competitive swimmer, and it's extremely energy-intensive. When I get up early for physical therapy (for one of my injuries) instead of swimming, I still eat before (to wake myself up), but could probably get by find without.
In the end...it's all up to you. Experiment, then do whatever seems to work best for you.