When you’re trying to shed pounds, any help you can get with burning calories, and more importantly, fat is a good thing. This desire to lose weight can have you trying all sorts of tricks.
One way is fasting before a workout. This is done with the belief that working out on an empty stomach will help you burn more fat more quickly. But does it work?
Should I Exercise On An Empty Stomach?
A typical time for a fasted workout is in the morning. It makes sense, because you have generally not eaten for ten or more hours. Will you burn more calories working out on an empty stomach? In the short term, yes.
When you eat, insulin is produced in the body and has been shown to suppress the body's ability to burn fat by over 20 percent.
So, when you fast, that insulin is not present and so, theoretically, your body is able to burn more fat. However, this is temporary. While you may get that initial calorie-burning blast, the results throughout the day for people who eat versus people who don't eat aren't significant.
In fact, people who eat carbs prior to working out enjoy the benefits of continued "fat blasting" well after the workout is over. This also depends on the type of workout. Strength building workouts have this afterburn effect more than simple cardio.
Bottom line: Fasting workouts are not as efficient as workouts fueled by foods. Continue your workout and be sure to choose a healthy breakfast to start your day.
How Can A Personal Trainer Help Me?
If you are serious about getting fit, then looking into a personal trainer might be the answer. A personal trainer is both coach and motivator. Your personal trainer will have the fitness knowledge and experience to create a plan that will work for you. Everybody is different, with their own unique body type, metabolism, strengths and weaknesses. This is why one-size-fits-all workouts can seem ineffective.
Ralph Roberts has been training clients for years in Amarillo. He can develop a custom fitness plan that will give you the results you are looking for. You can find Ralph Roberts at the Downtown Athletic Club.
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