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Breakfast: Before or After Exercise

If you’re like most people and are trying to incorporate regular exercise into your daily routine, you’ve likely had many questions that we don’t typically think about. For an example, when should you eat breakfast – before or after exercise?

Doing a quick search online will bring about many results and speculations on exercising and when to eat breakfast.  It’s hard to know who to trust when it comes to something that could either help or hurt your goals.

According to a 6-week study published in The Journal of Physiology, exercising before breakfast brings greater results when it comes to improving glucose tolerance during a fat-rich diet.  However, performing on an empty stomach may be harder than you think. Many choose to eat breakfast in order to obtain the ‘fuel’ they need to perform their best during a workout. Exercising in a fasted state means your body is working harder to burn existing fat for fuel, rather than relying on the carbohydrates from your breakfast.

Some people don’t have the option of working out before breakfast due to their work schedules.

There are many other claims that exercising before breakfast helps with increased weight loss and fat burning. Just remember that you will need that drive and determination to fuel your workout and give it your all without the help of those breakfast carbohydrates.

Post-Exercise Breakfast Ideas

If you’re exercising before your breakfast it’s important to ensure your breakfast choice includes plenty of protein. Protein is important for building muscle but it’s also important for muscle tissue repair. It’s typical to wait 30-45 minutes before eating your breakfast after you’ve exercised. If you’re ready to eat up now that your exercise is out of the way, consider these breakfast ideas:

1. Spinach and Mushroom Omelet – A quick delicious breakfast using two whole eggs, some chopped spinach and mushrooms and cooked over low-medium heat with a dab of olive oil.

2. Banana and Yogurt – A large banana has up to 2 grams of protein. Combine it with a serving of your favorite yogurt.

3. Wholegrain Cereal with Milk – Choose your favorite wholegrain cereal and milk then add extra protein with a tablespoon of yogurt or and handful of fresh blueberries.

Whatever you do, eat something after your workout! Your muscles will need to repair properly and not ensuring this could mean sacrificing your hard work (exercise). Your body will thank you in the long-run.


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