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Burn Fat Not Sugar

A recent study out of the University of Leuven in Belgium found that working out on an empty stomach burns more fat than working out with food in your system. I know that this may counter what you’ve heard from magazines, books and even some trainers but before you chomp down on that Cliff bar let’s take a closer look.

The study included over 300 people of various shapes and sizes. They were divided into two groups, A and B. Group A ate a 300 calorie snack and hour before their workout and the Group B ate nothing an hour before their workout. Although Group A reported that they felt stronger and more energetic during their workout than their counter parts in Group B, however, Group B actually burned more body fat than their well fueled friends.

How could this be? When you workout your body will choose the energy easiest to burn first which is glycogen (a sugar or carbohydrate product used for muscle movement). When that’s depleted will your body burn fat. It’s important to note that your body stores glycogen so there is a certain amount available whether you eat before your workout or not but that gets burned off in the first 20 minutes or so.

Group B burned more fat because they left their body no choice. Without food in their system their bodies burned more fat because there wasn’t anything else to burn. Also over the one month study period Group B members stored increased amounts of fat-burning proteins the before.

There are a few concerns beyond that should be mentioned. Firstly, when you workout on an empty stomach you’ll have less energy overall so your preformance will not be as strong as if you had eaten perhaps leaving you with the impression that you’re not getting results. Don’t worry, you are.

If you are not trying to burn fat or lose weight rather you’re training for a marathon or to perform better in any sport you should eat a 1/2 hour to an hour before your workout. If you’re primary goal is to burn fat you should workout on an empty stomach and refrain from eating for an hour after as well (an hour after is my personal opinion and is only based on my observation and experience).

Safety Note: If you have blood sugar issues you may want to consult a doctor before attempting to workout on an empty stomach.

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