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Early Morning Lifting Nausea


#1

I just started lifting 5:30AM due to my newborn baby girl. I tried popping up at 5 and drinking water/coffee, lifting, and eating big after I get back. I'm finding I am pretty beat about halfway through the workout (5/3/1), and get some nausea which makes it kind of hard to eat once I get home. It usually subsides mid morning, then I can start hammering food down.

My last check up about a month ago was good, so I'm thinking it is blood sugar related, since I'm not eating before the gym. Can this be alleviated by something simple as Surge + whey, or whey + banana or do I really need to wake up maybe 4am just to eat a large meal? I'm worried thats not enough time to digest and might still get nausea with food in my stomach...


#2

Would you laugh if I made a thalidomide joke?


#3

Youre asking if you can drink a protein/carb shake before your workout?

Yes.

Is there a reason you didnt simply try it and see what would happen? nm


#4

In retrospect, it does look like a dumb question, and I should have experimented more. I guess what I was looking for is would not eating anything be a valid reason for the nausea. Anyone else every experience this?


#5

Lifting on an empty stomach, while also being sleep deprived (guessing based on the newborn) can for sure make you nauseous. I would take a shake or minimum some BCAA's.


#6

when i first starting lifting in the morning over a year ago i tried having a big "normal" protein shake 30-45min before lifting.

i felt like shit.

i had to cut to water and bcaa's for a while and slowly add things. it took a while but i got used to training w/o eating before.

just make sure you eat plenty the night before.


#7

I lift at 6. At 5, I'm eating 6 whole eggs, a lot of veggies, 200 cals of fish, and a protein shake. Feels great.