Exercising on an Empty Stomach:
Did you know that exercising on an empty stomach is a recipe for disaster?
Many people think that if they exercise on an empty stomach they will burn more fat…
Research has shown that the body burns approximately the same amount of fat 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. Plus 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.
Not eating before a workout, in most cases, will make you sick. Eating the WRONG foods beforehand can also make you feel sluggish and ruin your workout… so FUEL yourself properly!
Pre-workout fuel suggestions:
-1 piece whole wheat bread with peanut butter
-Greek yogurt and granola
-Oatmeal and berries
-1 hard boiled egg and 1/2 english muffin
-Cottage cheese and small piece of fruit