There are a variety of prescriptions for what to do first thing in the morning, which of course correspond to various states of health.
What types of people would you into each of these...
fasted weight training workout (a la leangains, probably for more serious weightlifters)
fasted long slow distance walking (travis has mentioned this on here as a way to lower plasma triglycerides and I would agree it's beneficial to many for promoting efficient fat burning.
fasted high intensity interval training
eating a large portion of protein within 30 mins of waking ( a la Quilt's leptin reset)
edit: I didn't phrase my question very well, I'm wondering what factors/health status, etc. would be present to make people best served by one of these 4 different approaches.
I think a brisk 20 minute walk and then a chunk of protein (et al) after that is best.
Then, weight training mid-morning before lunch and several hours after breakfast is good. Then another walk right before dinner.
I wake up at 5:30 so that I can get to my teaching job on time. Eggs and bacon or eggs and some other sort of meat. No time for exercising then, and I'm not the best about it in general. (I try to remain "active" but there's nothing prescriptive.) Still, I've lost 20 lbs this way...
I wake up at 5am and do some atherosclerosis running for about 40-60 minutes and then 20-30 minutes of dynamic drills and general conditioning. After, I start working on a liter of milk, bits of cheese, a few eggs, coffee with cream, and squeezed then filtered orange juice.
I drink coffee with coconut milk, and sometimes coconut sugar. I try to work out in the morning so I can fast. Drink water on the way to the gym. I try to eat an hour after working out. If I work out later I try not to eat for at least 3 hours before. If I do eat before I figure it's better than nothing.
Up at 0500. Cup of black coffee and some stretching before an 0600 CrossFit and/or strength based workout. Been tinkering with PWO protein but usually do better if I wait until I get to work and have breakfast (usually leftovers or chicken sausage and eggs with a starchy carb) at work. I've gained some strength and am less sore with the protein PWO (at about 0700) but I don't digest it well.
4:30AM I stand up (I sleep on the floor), stretch, do some ashtanga yoga, do about 30 minutes of kettlebell work, don't eat breakfast, drink a quart of water, then I face the World. First meal approx 11 am.
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