I meet a group to do intense exercise at 5:30 am 3 days a week. I normally don't eat before because I am not hungry yet. I am wondering if that is ok or if it is making my body think it is getting starved so not burning as much fat as it would had I eaten before.
I am very new to all this working out stuff lol.
Whenever I'm about to do something crazy (like Crossfit type of exercise) I have a banana or a piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter on it about an hour prior. I find if I don't, I have the shakes very badly afterwards. But if it's something like power yoga, I can do that on an empty stomach.
Well I guess that's not correct to eat before
I think most hard core exercise gurus will tell you to eat about 30 minutes or so prior to a hard workout. My friend sees an exercise endocrinologist, and he swears that not only must you eat before, you should consume certain calories during, as well.
I personally don't eat during exercise, except for runs beyond one hour, then I much on energy gummi blocks. I hate drinking anything but water during runs, so I can't really do the gatorade thing. I don't really like the gummi blocks, but I can tolerate them, and particularly during the hot weather, I can see a huge difference in how I feel if I have a gummi block every 2 miles or so.
At first, I wasn't into eating before exercise, but now that I've been doing it for a while, I'm completely used to it, I see the benefit, and I really feel rotten during and after if I *don't* eat before exercise.
Before most exercise, I typically eat a piece of whole wheat toast with honey and an apple; or some greek yogurt, an apple, and a little granola. Total calorie consumption is probably around 200.
Before yoga/pilates, I eat a piece of fruit, usually an apple or half a grapefruit.
Ultimately, like in most endeavors, listen to your body; it'll tell you what you need.