After 8 hours of sleeping, your body pretty much empties out of all usable protein. This has to be replenished before you tear up those muscles in the gym.
But getting this one right can be tricky. And it really depends on the individual what they can tolerate early in the morning.
If you eat too much, your meal will be repeating on ya 🙂 Always make sure you have enough time for your food to digest a bit.
If you don’t eat enough, you will run out of fuel and your workout will suffer.
So, what should you eat before an early morning workout?
Well first, it’s based on the type of workout…
For weight lifting sessions, you need protein, carbs, and very little fat.
Sample meal: 1 piece of Ezekiel bread or Rice cake, topped with egg whites & chicken breast or turkey bacon.
OR 1/2 oatmeal packet cooked and mix in 1 scoop of protein powder
For cardio sessions, they can be done with little or no food (fasted) and only sipping branch chain amino acids (BCAA’s) during the workout to prevent muscle break down (catabolism).
Since most protein shakes have BCAA’s in them, you could also drink a shake made with water.
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