For the past two years I have worked out at 6 am before work and don’t eat. Not for any real purpose, simply because a) I have no appetite at that time and don’t want to waste calories on food that I don’t want or enjoy, and b) I don’t feel that my performance is affected at all. I typically eat a high carb meal right before bed (nighttime oats ftw).
My activities range from lifting, HIIT cardio, and one long distance run per week (was a cross country runner in hs and it never left me). I work out 5-6 times a week. I am just one of those fitness nuts and love all things fitness- I have no particular goals right now other than being generally fit and strong, though I would love to lose 5 pounds.
Recently one of the guys I train with noted that switching things up and eating before my workouts could speed up my metabolism and help me lose stubborn fat. I have tried researching this on the internet but the conflicting information out there on fasted workouts is frustrating. Wanted to get peoples thoughts, and if I did decide to try eating before my workouts, how much do I need to eat in order to “break my fast”? I.e. is a shake with half a scoop of protein powder and some berries is enough? Not sure how much more I could stomach.