Status:Closed Asked:Nov 19, 2012 - 07:17 AM
I’ve heard that exercising on an empty stomach burns more fat- is that true?
Many people think if they exercise on an empty stomach they'll burn more fat, however research has shown that the body burns approximately the same amount of fat regardless of whether you eat before a workout or not.
The truth is however that after a night’s sleep the muscles are depleted of glycogen, the stored form of glucose, which is not only needed for your muscles to work harder and for longer, but it is also necessary for proper brain function. Because of this, without proper fueling you may actually exercise less intensely, which in turn can decrease the total number of calories burned during your workout. To avoid this, for early morning workouts try eating a small amount of a rapidly digestible carbohydrates such as a banana or slice of bread about 30 minutes or so before you exercise. This will help to give you the fuel you need to make the most out of your workout session.
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