Post # 1
I have started doing a gym class with my work colleagues in the morning (got to tone up for the wedding!) but find my breakfast insufficient to keep me from feeling slightly dizzy and lythargic towards the end of a 45 minute session. I usually have 2 slices of toast (sometimes raisin, other times peanut butter jelly), 1/2 banana and a coffee. Even worse…AFTERWARDS, I get huge cravings and start scoffing random stuff with carbs like pasta or quiches. Bad, I know. 🙁
Is my pre-workout breakfast enough or am I missing something to give me that energy boost and yet keep me full? Thanks!
Post # 3
I’d say to ensure you include more protein. I actually only eat some cottage cheese and water before workouts and then after I follow up with another snack like a protein bar or yogurt with nuts, and granola.
Post # 4
@blinx: May I ask how long you’ve been working out and how long before you work out do you eat?
Personally, I’d cut out the coffee and eat the whole banana instead. Caffeine does wake you up a bit, but it can also dehydrate you – which might explain some of the dizziness. The peanut butter and toast is a good move, but if the jelly has lots of sugar in it it won’t be doing your blood glucose levels any favors.
Post # 5
I either eat a bowl of cereal or oatmeal..or rarely I scramble a couple of eggs.
Post # 6
How far after you’ve woken up are you doing this class?
Post # 7
Try oatmeal, a few eggs, a protein shake, protein pancakes (make regular ones, but throw a few scoops of protein into the batter), or i make these super yummy egg muffins on sundays and keep them for the week….you need more protein, girl!
Post # 8
2 suggestions for breakfast: one slice of toast and one hard boiled egg or 6 oz of plain greek yogurt with some raw nuts. You would want to go for a carb mixed with a protein.
PinkPandaBear is correct. You may be dehydrated. You need to make sure you have water before you work out. I would ditch the coffee as well. That may be more responsible for your dizziness.
Post # 9
Honestly, I would cut the 2 pieces of toast if you’re going to eat the banana. That’s a lot of empty carbs without a lot of nutrients. Instead, try a rice cake with peanut butter or almond butter on it. (I really LOVE cinnamon & brown sugar rice cakes with peanut butter) That will cut out the calories, etc on by half. Then maybe eat the whole banana.
I would let the jelly go as well if you can because it’s just processed sugar with a lot of chemicals unless you’re making it yourself.
Another good way to get protein for breakfast would be to eat a couple eggs (2) or egg whites (I usually do 1 whole egg and 2-3 whites) scrambled with veges. It’s a little more high maintenance.
I’m going to disagree with one of the PPs and say that the coffee is fine if you’re under 400 mg of caffeine a day. However, you might feel more stable if you drink about 16 oz of water *before* the coffee while you’re making everything else.
Also, you should try to eat about 40 minutes before exercising if you can time it that way.