Don't forget that your body will only draw on fat in you are doing aerobic exercise, not anaerobic, and your glyocgen stores must be depleted.
Also fat burning doesn't kick in until about 20 minutes of aerobic exercise. After 20 minutes if you don't have glycogen stores to pull from it will use protein and fat to fuel your workouts. Why you lose muscle (for example, if your not fueling your body properly).
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I usually exercise before eating. The few times that I have eaten before a workout I have felt bloated and heavy. I could not exercise like I would if I hadn't eaten breakfast. I find that I don't eat or feel hungry after my workout. I usually have to make myself eat.
The body uses carbohydrates for fuel first, then draws on protein, converting it to carbohydrates for food, then burns fat for fuel. Postpone breakfast. By doing so, your body will draw on fat reserves for fuel during exercise, rather than using the recently ingested calories. Oatmeal and milk in your post-exercise breakfast is a good choice--it ensures you have some readily available protein to restore and build muscle after exercise. This assures that protein is used for protein-specific purposes, rather than treated as a carbohydrate. Because fats and proteins can be transformed to meet energy needs but the reverse isn't true, it makes sense to be cautious about the amount and timing of protein intake, to be sure of having enough of this nutrient. Especially since carbohydrates are usually in abundant supply, and fat reserves are plentiful! Good luck.
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The most important thing, no matter when you exercise, is to stay properly hydrated. Since we tend to lose about 4 cups of fluid during a 1 hour exercise (seems a lot, doesn't it), i usually have my protein drink and water before going out..........if i'm walking. I find it best for me to exercise in the am, but here in NH, that's usually not likely during the winter months. So i will wait until noon or so, before i eat lunch. Also, started back with yoga, which i did in my 30's when my kids were small. Loved it then, and WILL love it now once i've done it a couple weeks. Have a video (yes, video) of 2 different session...........an AM wakeup or an Abs workout.........started with the abs, AND i know it's working, cause i'm still sore from 2 days ago.......but did it anyway..........stay positive...........tracking what we eat and how we move! Best way to get and stay well!
I exercise first thing in the morning because it's the only way I'll get it in. I tried exercising before eating breakfast but found that I got nauseated sometimes, so now I'll eat part of my breakfast first, usually a piece of fruit like a banana or apple and drink a little water. That seems to work well for me...then I eat the rest of my breakfast and have my coffee after showering.
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