Should You Eat Breakfast Before Your Morning Run?

PancakesIf you run early in the morning, you may have faced the question of whether you should eat breakfast before your run or not.  The answer is: it depends. 

If you are looking to burn more fat and lose weight, you may want to wait until after your workout to eat.  A recent study published in The Journal of Physiology found that even when given a big breakfast of 675 calories, those who eat breakfast after their workout didn’t gain any weight, while those who ate breakfast before their workout gained about 3 pounds over the 6 weeks duration of the study. 

Research has found that exercising on an empty stomach increases insulin sensitivity, which helps the body to take glucose out of the blood stream and stops it from being stored as fat.  

There is a downside, however.  Exercising on an empty stomach may effect the quality of your workout.  If your body is low on glycogen after fasting all night, you may not be able to run as fast or as far as you might like.  You may have to reduce your pace or shorten the length of your morning runs. 

Do you eat before your morning runs?  How does it effect our workouts and your weight?  Tell me in the comments.

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  1. pas-petite reblogged this from gorditakatita
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  3. runwrite said: My body doesn’t do well with food in my stomach for my morning runs, which is when I do the majority of my running. I’ve ran up to 9 miles with no food, which is not a recommendation, but simply what works for me.
  4. misslawson said: Don’t eat breakfast before my morning run. Doesn’t really effect my workout, but I’m used to it. Been doing it for a few years. Done runs >20 km without breakfast.
  5. runsweetrun said: It depends on the length of my workout. For shorter runs, no. For longer runs I’ll stick to a small breakfast of a banana and peanut butter and eat a bigger breakfast after.
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  7. kyledoeslife said: I do not eat before my morning runs. Since I’m focusing on losing weight, this post is good news for me! I do try to eat a bananna and drink a cup of coffee before my long runs on the weekends, however.
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