by Betsy Stevens NCCPT |Find Me on Facebook
It’s a myth.
As a Personal Trainer, one of the most commonly asked questions I receive from my clients is, “Do you think I should I eat before I go through my workout?” I appreciate that question because there is a widely held myth floating around that you should work out on an empty stomach.
Let me be clear: this is definitely not the way to go. You always want to eat a little something to fuel your system before exercising.
You’re body needs fuel like a car needs gas.
Why should you eat something before you workout? Our bodies need to have enough fuel to push through the workout on which you are about to ask it to complete.
Many of us have been told to believe that not eating before a workout will help our bodies burn more fat. This is simply not the case. Trying to starve yourself before your workout is actually disastrous for your health. Let’s break it down a little…
- Our bodies need sugars to expel energy. When our bodies do not get the proper amount of sugar that they need, they will use their own muscle as an energy source. When we workout, we are trying to build up our muscle mass, not let it get all eaten up!
- To perform at your best level, your body needs a substantial amount of energy. If you don’t provide fuel to your body, you can’t ask it to perform at its peak any more than you could ask a sports car to to excel with no gas.
Here’s the takeaway.
The bottom line is that an empty stomach is not the answer when it comes to working out. Have a healthy snack almost 45 minutes before your workout. Your snack should be something that consists of healthy complex carbs or a lean protein source. You will have better endurance during your workout and your body will have more energy to burn more calories!