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    Only 15 minute window for pre-workout snack

    I've googled around a but and found varying opinions on the necessity of a pre-workout snack. Right now, I have none. My situation is finicky, so I'm asking for opinions here.

    I'm up at 5am on workout days and at the gym by 5:15am. Not a whole lot of time! Should I be concerned about a pre-workout snack? I'm thinking that it may not be in the cards for me in that time frame. I'm eating Paleo and I'm not inerested in protein powder shakes. I read somewhere a banana and a few almonds could do the trick. Any thoughts?

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    Might be an idea to get up just that little bit earlier to make sure you have time to have something to eat?? Just a suggestion. If not i'm sure a banana and almonds would work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by questthewordsmith View Post
    I've googled around a but and found varying opinions on the necessity of a pre-workout snack. Right now, I have none. My situation is finicky, so I'm asking for opinions here.

    I'm up at 5am on workout days and at the gym by 5:15am. Not a whole lot of time! Should I be concerned about a pre-workout snack? I'm thinking that it may not be in the cards for me in that time frame. I'm eating Paleo and I'm not inerested in protein powder shakes. I read somewhere a banana and a few almonds could do the trick. Any thoughts?
    I would train fasted honestly. You should be getting in plenty of carbs the night prior to A.M. training

    Also, Try a cup of coffee instead... better for fat loss

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    I've heard that if you skip breakfast, it sets you two steps back instead of helping you move forward. Is it true that you should have somewhat of a breakfast an hour within waking? I've noticed if I don't eat before going to do my workout in the morning, I get sick to my stomach and somewhat dizzy.

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    You should eat some protein before working out. Catabolic in the morning is very high. Training without some food will be increase that much more.

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    I also work out early in the morning, so I don't want to eat a full meal immediately before I go work out. I make a batch of these Peanut Butter Protein Balls early in the week, so that I can have one before I head to the gym every morning. They're ~100 calories each, so it's enough to give me some energy to work with while I'm exercising, but won't make me feel heavy. Also, knowing that I have a tasty treat waiting for me helps me get out of bed in the morning! :-)

    These are not paleo at all, but hopefully non-paleo folks will appreciate the recipe: https://www.eatthismuch.com/recipe/view/peanut-butter-protein-balls,1126610/

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