Lately, previous to today, for about a month or two, I’ve been working out in the morning (very early) after eating a breakfast (that usually contains carbs among the protein and fat). I’ve noticed these workouts I don’t feel I get such an intense workout, I don’t feel my body moving efficiently and contractions as well.
Prior to eating first thing, I was either doing a light walk and some core work then having some egg whites and goat cheese then finishing up with my strength routine split or cardio depending on the day, or fasting until later morning after my workout. Both these scenarios left me challenging myself in the gym, feeling my muscles working and seeing great results.
Why did I shift to eating first thing in morning? Good question. Thinking now, I think I made excuses to myself that since I was waking earlier and having to get in gym time before work (earlier than a few months ago) that I justified eating to give me energy because I ‘needed’ it. It was fine occasionally, but I took it to a daily thing and I’ve noticed staggering results.
So despite waking up early and initially feeling tired, I’m finding its best for me to wait out eating my first meal, and not to go into my workouts on a full stomach especially after consuming many if any carbs.
This morning, I woke up early, did some work and only had some water. Two hours went by and I was about to head to the gym. Getting into my car I realized I didn’t even put the thought in my head of what to eat before I left, I just wasn’t hungry or feeling the need to eat.
Though a bit nervous about my workout performance, I decided to just head to the gym. I got into my workout and guess what?! I actually felt great! I wasn’t overly low on energy, I didn’t feel ‘terrible’ I was able to focus! #success.
So why am I sharing this? No, it’s not because I think everyone should workout on an empty stomach or fasted state. But I think each person needs to figure out how their body responds best. I know, personally, from experience and paying attention, that I don’t get as great of a workout for my current goals when I train fed. So, it’s up to YOU to delve into it too! That’s what I’m here for as well. To coach, guide, and hold you accountable to what works for you!