Should I skip breakfast before exercise?
Email your questions for Dr Libby to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, only a selection of questions can be answered. achievement and satisfaction) – and enjoyment is so critical to making long-term movement part of our lifestyles.
Conversely, you may find the opposite is true for you – eating too soon before exercising leads some people to feel sluggish and they may experience stomach upset or other digestive symptoms. As you can imagine, this also impacts on the ability to finish the workout as planned and whether it is a positive experience or not.
So, Kirsten, I encourage you to notice how eating a nutritious breakfast before your morning exercise makes you feel. Do you feel energised and primed to move, or does it leave you feeling uncomfortable or sluggish?
I also cannot encourage you enough to explore and shift your mindset – rather than focusing on what will produce the best (short term) weight loss results, focus on nourishing and supporting your body to move in a way that you enjoy and that feels good for you.
You don’t have to lose weight to be healthy, you actually have to be healthy to lose weight. Really think about that. Weight loss is a natural byproduct of taking even better care of yourself (if body fat loss is appropriate for your body shape and size).
So base your choices about how you eat, drink and move on nourishment – your body is your best barometer so listen to the messages it is sending you and do what works best for you.
Eating before or after exercise is very much a personal choice - know your body and how it feels to decide what is best for you.