Should You Eat Before or After Exercising in the Morning

Stephen Holt, Timonium personal trainer

Millions of readers of national fitness magazines including Shape, Women's Health, Fitness. Woman's Day, Family Circle, Runner's World, (and many others) have made their exercise programs both more effective AND more efficient with fitness and nutrition advice from "America's Baby Boomer Expert," Stephen Holt.


I got this question through Messenger a second ago …

Q: “When exercising in the morning do we eat before or after?”

A: It depends. (I know, EVERYONE hates that answer.)

There MAY a slight advantage in fasted exercise. On the other hand, the lack of food makes some people exercise at a lower intensity, so any possible advantage is lost with them.

If you’re the kind of person who gets “hangry,” you’ll probably want to have something small an hour or so before working out.

Play around with your macros (protein, carbs, fat) until you find what works for you. [Don’t be swayed by what the gurus say worked for THEM.]

If on the other hand, you’re like me and often just plain forget to eat, you should be fine exercising without eating.

Try this scientific experiment …

(Okay, okay – there’s no control group, and it’s not even SINGLE blind – but you get my point.)

Try each (breakfast vs. no breakfast) for at least a couple of weeks each and see how you feel. There’s no easy rule here since everybody’s different.


Do YOU eat before exercising? If so, what do you have?


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