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Workouts ON A EMPTY STOMACH

 
Perhaps you’re still believing this old myth, so allow me to take a moment to dispel it.
 
The theory behind working out on  empty stomach is simple: supposedly, by working out  on a empty stomach in the morning, you tap directly into fat stores since glycogen (carbohydrate) stores are somewhat depleted after an overnight fast.
 
Seems to make sense, but research has proven this to be
wrong
.
Several studies have shown no difference in substrate utilization (glycogen vs. fat) for those working out on an empty stomach vs. those who eat a small meal prior to their morning workouts.
 
In fact, one study showed the
exact opposite—
those who had a small meal first burned more calories and more fat than the empty stomach group.
 
How can this be?
 
The reason is rather simple if  not eating beforehand allowed you to burn more fat
(which it doesn’t), the major trade off is
performance
.
And why does performance matter? Well, if you can’t perform at an optimal level and put forth maximal effort, then you are
not going to be burning an optimal amount of calories–period.
 
The truth is, this outdated theory was proven incorrect by research. Still, there are plenty of people who hold on to the theory despite the available research. Perhaps they’re not aware of it, perhaps they just go by what the fitness and bodybuilding magazines tell them (bad idea); I’m not sure.
 
Whatever the reason, popular philosophy doesn’t always mean correct philosophy, and this is one such instance.
 
So I’ll leave you with some practical recommendations:
 
At the very minimum, have a couple scoops of whey before any morning workout.
 
That said, if it’s still negatively affecting your performance, you need to go a bit further. The meal doesn’t have to be large, but it should contain some complex carbs (oatmeal, etc) along with a small serving of protein.
 
Give it about a half hour to begin digesting and then hit your workout.
 
Better performance = more calories burned = more fat loss = improved cardiovascular functioning = even better performance = even more
calories burned = even more
fat loss.
 
 As I shared with you, the research shows that’s not going to make a difference anyway. Instead, eat your Wheaties (figuratively speaking) and then dominate your workout!
 
And if you enjoyed that article, leave me a comment, tell me what you think.
 
Committed to your TOTAL FITNESS SUCCESS!!!
 
Major Batton
MAJOR FITNESS  
Your corporate fitness & wellness Strategist

10 Comments to Workouts ON A EMPTY STOMACH:

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Robin Gilbert on Thursday, June 07, 2012 6:52 AM
I agree & have found if I eat a small meal ( bagel or oatmeal & banana)an hour or so before, I have more energy for my workout.
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Major Batton on Friday, June 08, 2012 6:29 AM
Robin thanks for responding to my blog, bagel banana and oatmeal are great before or after a workout.


Anonymous on Thursday, June 07, 2012 6:56 AM
First of all...Those eyes! I am glad for your comments as I was always wondering if you should eat or not. Thanks for the perpective.
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Chris on Thursday, June 07, 2012 7:01 AM
I eat both before AND after a workout. The hard part is keeping from eating too much before....
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Roxie on Thursday, June 07, 2012 7:03 AM
This is definitely something that I should consider. How much time do you need between eating and your work-out to be effective?
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Major Fitness on Friday, June 08, 2012 6:37 AM
Roxie, a good rule of thumb, 45-60 minute before, I try to eat as soon as I finish a workout, The nature valley 10 gram protein bar is my favorite.


Nicole Thielman on Thursday, June 07, 2012 7:20 AM
These tips are great information and I am tring to use them daily...please, keep them coming :)!
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Paul Bozik on Friday, June 08, 2012 8:39 AM
Yes - I used to believe the myth and run on an empty stomach, but my performance would suffer and I would compensate by eating the wrong things the rest of the day (high sugar, carb, etc...) - so where did that really get me? GOOD ADVICE
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Rick Perry on Monday, June 11, 2012 9:35 AM
I have tried both approaches, empty stomach vs. eating 45-60 minutes before the workout.....no doubt, the eating before is the better approach, a lot more energy and better focus on the quality of the workout when you are not starving.
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