Clients ask me all the time whether or not they should eat breakfast before a morning workout, or at all.
This really is an individual matter, especially if you exercise early in the day.
If you feel like you’re going to projectile-vomit any and all stomach contents if you do a tough morning workout,
then by all means wait until afterward to eat.
But I’ve always been a strong proponent of breakfast, for numerous reasons.
(Even when I was a cross-country runner with early-morning [shudder] practices and races,
I had to have just a little snack beforehand or else I would crash hard with a nasty case of the hangry’s.
Usually it was something like a Clif bar or two…I didn’t know any better, I was young.)
First of all, exercising in a glycogen-depleted state (nothing in the tank) decreases fatigue resistance,
lengthens recovery time, and burns muscle.
None of those are good things.
Combine that with the fact that cortisol is high when you wake up –
that’s what mobilizes pre-breakfast energy so you can do things –
and you’ve got a perfect recipe (ha!) for making it unnecessarily difficult to build muscle.
Second, most people have a hard enough time getting sufficient protein to build muscle
(0.75-1.0 grams per pound of bodyweight, depending on a few factors),
and a high-protein breakfast gets a big chunk of that daily requirement out of the way early.
This comes with the added bonus of decreasing appetite for the rest of the day –
very helpful if you’re trying to lose weight.
Third, breakfast foods are delicious. This is objective fact.
So to help you with your breakfast endeavors, here’s my protein pancake recipe!