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Should You Eat Breakfast Before or After a Workout?

Question: "As far as losing weight goes, is it better to eat breakfast before or after a morning run? I'm struggling between whether not eating beforehand prompts your body to burn more fat, or if this will throw my body into starvation mode. There is a lot of conflicting research out there, and I'd like some straight answers! Thanks!" Submitted by mdahl301867

Expert Answer

Don't worry about whether you're burning fat or not. At the end of the day it all boils down to calories burned vs. calories eaten. You need to fuel your body prior to exercise so you can get the most out of your workout - try something light like 1/2 yogurt, piece of fruit or 1/2 smoothie an hour before you run, then eat a solid breakfast like eggs with veggies, or oatmeal with fruit, within 2 hours post-exercise. 

- Answered by Dr. Kara Mohr

Most Helpful Community Answers

"After exercising, your body needs food to build muscle. If you delay eating for two hours, your body may not build as much muscle. You should eat some form of protein after your workout for the best results." Submitted by royalp8

"Thats true! Your body absorbs vitamins and minerals best right after a workout, so I wouldn't wait too long after your workout to eat a healthy breakfast. Try an apple before so you can have energy!" Submitted by karlapaola_01