I have read that you burn *slightly* more fat in a workout if you exercise fasted (before you eat in the morning). Until a couple of weeks ago, however, I have always exercised in the late afternoon/early evening and never had a problem. I've just recently changed schedules so find that working out in the morning is better for me. I'm not eating until after the gym now and it doesn't bother me for a standard cardio/strength session. If I were doing something much more high intensity, I would certainly need to eat a little something.
In general, though, the difference is fairly small. You can certainly try not eating first if that works for you and see if you see a difference. Also, if you're not incorporating strength training, I really suggest that. That's what will really help your body burn more calories. A resistance band can be a great tool if you can't do a lot of body weight exercises or use hand weights.
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I never eat before a workout because I will throw up. I try not to eat 2-3 hours before working out. I am not just walking though, I work out HARD. Something like coffee with milk is OK though.
Whether or not this helps you burn calories? I don't know for sure, but I imagine that the difference is small, if it exists.
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I work out very early in the morning before work and to get up even earlier to eat - well, it's not happening. I drink lemon water while I workout and I have no ill effects. You do what is right for you.
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I eat something light like a banana or a granola bar as it works for me. I concur with others who mention it's a personal performance as it all digests the same.
I teach fitness classes in the morning (2 back to back) and some mornings 3 classes. I have to eat before I go to the gym or I would not have the stamina and endurance to complete all of my classes. I don't eat heavy but I do make sure I take in some carbs and protein.
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Personal preference-that being said, I used to faithfully work out on an empty stomach and eat after, during the past year I drink my morning smoothie and then walk to work. I do feel it gives me more energy that way.
yep, find what works for you. if I eat too much before I work out, I feel crappy, if I don't eat enough I feel crappy. and if its a long "workout" such as hiking up a local mountain, I need to eat small snacks while doing it.
I personally have found that if I eat something small (protein bar or piece of fruit) within 30 mins of waking up, I lose better.
the truth about eating and working out is that you do what works for your stomach and your workout. your calories will even out either way you do it. so if you need to eat before you workout to get through your workout, you eat before your workout. if you can't eat before your workout, you don't eat before your workout and you eat after.
your calories aren't like your bank account where you can use it the minute it gets deposited. whether or not you eat before your workout your workout is still being fueled by what you ate last night. because what you eat before your workout doesn't really have time to digest and be useful to your workout [unless you were eating goo or something like that].
and as for your loss being slow? the smaller you are, the slower you lose. plus it's pretty typical to have a slower spell while you adjust to eating real food, particularly from a vlcd. and i'm not sure what your expectations are, but no more than about 1% of your bodyweight per week is what you should be aiming for in loss. so if you're 200lbs, that's about 2lbs per week. if you do have some other medical issues going on some of those tend to slow loss as well.
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Your body doesn't go into starvation mode overnight; the phrase refers to when you're eating far too few calories over a sustained period of time, causing weight loss to slow. The role of cardio exercise in weight loss is simple: increase your calorie deficit. Regardless of when you exercise, you burn the same number of calories doing the same activity for the same length of time.
Some people, like myself, wake up hungry and need to eat something before moving around or risk feeling weak and dizzy. Others don't want or need to eat when they first get up, and exercise fine before breakfast; indeed, many of them would feel ill moving about with food in their bellies. Bottom line, do what feels right for your body and what enables you to work out most effectively.
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I recently have heard a couple different things on this. I have had really slow weight loss and considering my size would think it would be the opposite. Before walking in the morning I have always had fruit and a 90 cal Fiber One Bar. Now I am reading in some places that you shouldn't eat before because with your body being in starvation mode from the night you will burn more calories and am wondering if that is part of why my weight loss is so slow? I do have other health issues so I cannot work out as hard as I would like to and always attributed my slow weight loss to that, plus I just came back to real food after losing 50 lbs on Optifast. What is the truth on eating in the morning?????? I am very confused.
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