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Short Meal Before a 5 AM Workout

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by AntiHero84, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. AntiHero84

    AntiHero84 Senior member

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    So I recently started going to the gym at 5:00 AM a few days a week. I've found it really difficult to get my energy levels up at this early hour, which I guess can be expected. A longer warm-up routine seems to help, but I think I need to alter my eating habits a little.

    Can anyone suggest a quick and short meal I can eat directly before a workout that will help fill my stomach and give me a little more energy?

    I'm thinking of something that won't make me want to vomit after 5 minutes on the treadmill. Maybe a couple spoonfuls of peanut butter or a granola bar?
     
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    mm84321 Senior member

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    I like greek yogurt (Fage is better than Chobani, IMO) with some berries and/or nuts. I always used to eat this before taking my daily run, and never once did it upset my stomach.
     
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    Coffee pretty well does it for me. You might consider a gel though for some carbs. Sometimes in mid-run I'll opt for a clif blok, which is sugar + salt in a chewy gelatin form.
     
  4. AntiHero84

    AntiHero84 Senior member

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    No worries about dehydration with the coffee?
     
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    I go at the same time. I'll do a caffeine pill some mornings when I'm not feeling it. I drink a decent amount of water while I'm there plus a green tea on the way to and haven't had any dehydration issues.
     
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    No worries about dehydration with the coffee?

    Don't worry about this, dehydration due to caffeinated drinks is overkill. I'll dig up the article that studied this if I can find it.
     
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    I'm in the same boat as the OP and I generally eat two big bites off a chocolate balance bar (ie half a bar) and drink about 6 ounces of milk. It seems to be just the right amount for me to get going but not feel full at the gym.
     
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    Cottage cheese for the BCAA's plus some kind of carb.
     
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    I usually go with a yogurt or a hard-boiled egg, either of which gives sufficient energy for an early morning workout. Don't forget to eat a proper breakfast shortly after the workout...
     
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    EGGS EGGS EGGS EGGS EGGS EGGS EGGS


    That's it.
     
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    a decent bcaa supp like purple wraath gets me by for early morning workouts.
     
  12. rjmaiorano

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    You really can go off nothing if you want. Its more mental than anything. I used to go on 6 mile trail runs at 7/8 AM on an empty stomach and 2 cups of coffee... Or before that I would go to crew practice at 4:30 AM with nothing in me at all.

    If I had to eat something, I would suggest some oatmeal. But unless you really go hard and stress you body to close to its limit, eating nothing is a legitimate option. Before my morning workouts now, I drink some whey in water, and some bcaa's/sugar in water. thats it.
     
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    how long is the workout?

    if it's 90 mins or less, coffee or some OJ.

    usually just the former.
     
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    Don't worry about this, dehydration due to caffeinated drinks is overkill. I'll dig up the article that studied this if I can find it.

    Please do, I have a friend who is adamant that having a cup of coffee before any physical activity will suck you dry.
     
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    Protein with carbs, preferably from berries.

    A couple of eggs plus some strawberries, raspberries, blackberries or blueberries.
     
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    Please do, I have a friend who is adamant that having a cup of coffee before any physical activity will suck you dry.

    Hope not or the 4 cups of coffee I just downed will doom me.
     
  17. Peter1

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    When I trained at that ungodly hour I just slammed a cup of coffee. No way did I feel like eating. You are not going to dehydrate yourself, but you may need to evacuate your bowels after about 20 minutes.[​IMG]

    If you really think you need some calories, try a glass of flavored kefir. Or maybe a banana.
     
  18. Rosenberg

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    So I recently started going to the gym at 5:00 AM a few days a week. I've found it really difficult to get my energy levels up at this early hour, which I guess can be expected. A longer warm-up routine seems to help, but I think I need to alter my eating habits a little.

    Can anyone suggest a quick and short meal I can eat directly before a workout that will help fill my stomach and give me a little more energy?

    I'm thinking of something that won't make me want to vomit after 5 minutes on the treadmill. Maybe a couple spoonfuls of peanut butter or a granola bar?


    I actually do the couple spoons of PB thing. The fats make you feel like you've eaten something substantial, if the empty stomach feeling bothers you. I also start off with whey and a small amount of carbs. All said and done, about 350 calories. But I hate not eating in the morning, so I might be the odd man out here
     
  19. Lagrangian

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    Please do, I have a friend who is adamant that having a cup of coffee before any physical activity will suck you dry.

    Here's some food for thought, since you asked:

    Paluska, S., et al. (2003). Caffeine and Exercise

    and

    Millard-Stafford, M. L., Cureton, K. J., Wingo, J. E., Trilk, J., Warren, G. L., & Buyckx, M. (2007). Hydration During Exercise in Warm, Humid Conditions: Effect of a Caffeinated Sports Drink. International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism, 17(2), 163-177

    I apologize for not having edited the first to the standard APA citation form. I don't want to be the dude throwing around pubmed citations (especially since my field of study is econ) - but my point was that consuming caffeinated beverages won't magically dehydrate you.
     
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    Here is an oft-referred study on caffeine and its effect on hydration. The conclusion is that caffeine does not have a statistically significant effect on hydration. http://www.jacn.org/cgi/content/full/19/5/591 The Effect of Caffeinated, Non-Caffeinated, Caloric and Non-Caloric Beverages on Hydration Ann C. Grandjean, EdD, FACN, CNS, Kristin J. Reimers, RD, MS, Karen E. Bannick, MA and Mary C. Haven, MS
     

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