Monday, January 4, 2010

Is It Better To Work Out On a Full or Empty Stomach??

I have been getting a lot of emails/ texts about this lately.

There are many studies that have shown if you have a pre-workout shake and a post workout shake you will dramatically increase your ability to lose more weight....BUUUUUTTT... there is some silver lining.

Recent studies have shown that if you are working out on an empty stomach it may force your body to use the reserves that they have built up for your energy base, (mainly carbohydrates and fats). The research on this matter is still pressing because although not eating before your workout is better for "fat burn" during the workout, that is not saying it will be consistent and shed pounds for "overall weight loss" over time. More to come later hopefully.

What I would recommend to everyone is to try to see what works best for you. Some of my clients experience extreme nausea when eating an hour before a session or even having a pre-workout shake. Others can't get through the first couple of jumping jacks without fueling up. The most important part of the lesson for the day is to understand your body. Know what works for you and what doesn't. That will help you get through your workout in the long run! Remember that more activity requires more energy in your body. If you are having a BIG workout and you know it. It might be a good idea to fuel up with a protein bar, or shake, but again you know your body better than me, so I'm going to let you be the judge and see what works!


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