There seems to be a controversy over whether or not to eat breakfast in the morning. Some claim that skipping breakfast has no impact on your body whatsoever and actually helps save some calories. Some say that skipping a meal before the morning workout directs your body to burn strictly fat instead of carbohydrates. This is assumed since there are no more useable carbohydrates in your system since the last time you ate was probably over 8 hours ago. Then there is the other side of the coin. Some say that eating breakfast in the morning is a great way to boost your metabolism and feed the body that has been dormant all night long.
To Eat or Not to Eat; That is the Question
So the question is; which experts do we listen to? To this I would say; listen to your own personal expert, YOUR BODY!
Some can get away with not eating anything before a morning workout and some NEED to eat for energy. If you are literally rolling out of bed in the morning and going straight to the gym and can make it through a workout without food, I would say go ahead, if that works for you. However, if there is a generous amount of time between rising and actually getting your workout started, try to eat something small like a Labrada protein bar or a piece of fruit.
If you feel that your body reacts better to food before your morning starts then definitely eat before a workout or starting your day.
Some things I would suggest for breakfast are eggs, which contain protein and healthy fats, and whole grains such as whole wheat toast or plain old fashioned oat meal. Adding different fruits and vegetables to something like plain oatmeal or an egg white omelet not only tastes delicious but supplies nutritious carbohydrates that keep the body energized and feeling awake.
If you are someone who cannot eat in the morning because it makes you feel sick but still need energy, consider drinking a cup of coffee for the natural source of caffeine. Adding some skim milk to your coffee is an excellent way to get some added sugar, calcium, vitamins, and minerals. If you like your coffee on the sweet side, add some raw sugar or sugar substitute for a tasty cup-o-Joe.
So whether you eat your breakfast first thing in the morning, on the way to the gym, or skip it all together, makes sure to include healthy options and to listen to your body. Your body is and will always remain the ultimate expert when it comes to your body and wellness.