Pre-Workout Eating Burns More Fat

Pre-Workout Eating Burns More Fat Since you don't typically eat between the time you go to bed and get up 7 to 10 hours later, your muscle glycogen stores are pretty well depleted before breakfast. Gym lore suggests that your fat burning potential is terrific for a morning run on an empty stomach. With no glycogen to power exercise, your body will be forced to use fat. A study published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism found that you might burn more fat if you eat something first.

Researchers had 8 male college students run on a treadmill at 65% of their maximum heart rate for 36 minutes. First they did their run fasted with no food. After a few days, they repeated the trial after eating a light breakfast. Scientists calculated that when subjects ate before exercise they experienced a higher metabolic rate during the effort and for 12 hours afterward.

True Strength Moment: There's an old bodybuilder saying that you should never train on an empty stomach. Reason being, you need carbohydrates to fuel heavy lifts and protein to kick-start muscle building mechanisms. This study suggests that eating a small meal an hour before training is beneficial for fat loss too. Today's Performance Blog post at offers advice on selecting that pre-workout meal.
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Dec 21, 2011
Perfect awnser! That really gets to the heart of it!