Why Working Out On An Empty Stomach Isn’t A Good Idea After All
Despite the idea of working out and having whatever you ate half an hour before resurfacing being one of the less ideal gym situations, it might be time to start fuelling up before that workout.
A lot of people are firm believers that surely if you eat prior, then you’re just going to burn that off straight away and not any of the fat you actually want to get rid of, right?
Well according to LifeHack there are really quite a number of downsides to working out with a rumbling stomach.
Speaking to dietetics specialist Kelly Pritchett, Ph.D., R.D., she explained that when you start to burn fat rapidly (i.e. when hungry) your body immediately adapts and switches to ’survival mode’.
This then slows your metabolism right down, which means you won’t be burning half as many calories as you want.
While another benefit to eating before the gym is that you’re less likely to be so hungry right after, saving even more calories in the proces which is always a bonus.
But the overriding evidence comes from the fact that if you have more energy in the first place then you’ll be able to push yourself so much harder, so really it just makes sense to eat before.
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