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To Eat or Exercise?

Here's a common belief about exercise. If you work out in the morning and want to lose more calories, don't eat before exercise.

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Having something to eat before working out can be a good thing.

Here’s a common belief about exercise. If you work out in the morning and want to lose more calories, don’t eat before exercise.

Does this bit of common knowledge hold water? Sort of. When the body is depleted of energy, it begins to feed off of itself, first by devouring stored fat. It would seem to make sense that the less energy you take in before exercise, the more fat your body burns. And this is true, to a point. But the amount of extra fat burned when you don’t eat before exercise is pretty small. Plus, without eating, the body has less energy to keep going, which can lead to a shorter workout.

Finally, depending upon the intensity of the activity, exercising on an empty stomach can make you feel pretty famished afterward. In fact, you might feel so depleted that after working out you end up eating more than you otherwise would. Theoretically, not eating before exercise could actually lead to weight gain.

Having something to eat before working out, on the other hand, can be a good thing. It gives the body enough energy to sustain a decent workout and leaves you feeling less hungry afterwards. Eating a calorie-rich, lavish breakfast before exercise isn’t a good idea, of course, since it will leave you sluggish and overly full, but having a little something before your morning run seems to be the way to go.

  • faraimpresii

    Have you wondered how your live could be if you worked out a bit more ? I see all types of pills and lose 20 lbs a week programs but why doesn't anyone take some time of and run, swim or walk around the park (at least). So many people are suffering from ejaculare precoce but they believe every add that will make their lives better “guaranteed”. Why are we so trusting ?

  • Vlad Padina

    A walk before breakfast is great for fat-loss (ask Lonnie Lowery).

    A weight-training or sprinting work-out after a long fast is almost suicide, and it can also lead to hypoglycemia.

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