True or False: Fitness Myths Exposed

Trivia Question #1

Do you burn more fat exercising on an empty stomach?


Truth: Many people think if they exercise on an empty stomach they will, in turn, burn more fat. However, research has shown that the body burns approximately the same amount of fat regardless of whether or not you eat before a workout.
The truth is that after a night’s sleep, the muscles are depleted of glycogen, the stored form of glucose. Your muscles need glycogen to work harder and for longer, and your brain needs it for proper function. Because of this, without proper fueling, you may actually exercise less intensely, which could decrease the total number of calories you burn during your workout.

What Can You Do: To avoid this, for early morning workouts, try eating a small amount of rapidly digestible carbohydrates – such as a banana or slice of bread — about 30 minutes or so before you exercise. This will help give you the fuel you need to make the most out of your workout session.

If you don’t eat before you exercise and you notice you get dizzy or lightheaded during exercise you should definitely eat prior to your workout. In addition, try adding in a small amount of protein, slice of cheese, 1/4 cup of nuts, if the carbohydrate doesn’t help with the dizziness.

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