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
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
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
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The truth is, this outdated theory was proven incorrect by research.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
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!
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