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IF I WORK OUT ON AN EMPTY STOMACH WILL I BURN MORE FAT?

- ERNEST, Washington DC.

The theory behind this is that your blood sugar levels are low when you're in a fasted state (after going all night without eating) which targets more fat burning.

The problem is that just because you're using more fat as fuel doesn't mean you're actually burning more fat off your body. Burning fat is more about overall calorie expenditure. Exercise is the catalyst for change, not the change itself. During a high-intensity workout, your body burns carbohydrates and creatine instead of fat. But it stimulates your metabolism, which in turn attacks your fat stores between workouts. Another problem is that you may not be able to workout as long or as hard if you're hungry, which means you may end up burning fewer calories than if you'd eaten something and worked harder.

There are benefits to eating before your workout:

  • It can boost recovery and strength gains
  • It can help you sustain longer, more intense workouts
  • It can help you avoid low blood sugar, which can make you feel dizzy or nauseous
  • It can make your workouts more enjoyable (since you're not thinking about eating the whole time)

The best answer to this is to do what works for you. Don't go hungry just because you think you're burning more fat, because after all, if you cut it short or lower the intensity because of low energy, how much fat are you burning anyway?

Pre-workout snack ideas: (30 minutes before workout)

  • Banana (or other type of fruit)
  • Yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Energy bar
  • Fruit smoothie
  • Sports drink
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