The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.
Myth: You will get thinner faster if you work out before you eat because you are more likely to burn stored fat for energy.
Isn’t it interesting how misinformation can sound so plausible?
Truth: You can actually cause muscle loss if you regularly workout on an empty stomach.
Here’s why: Our bodies are constantly trying to protect us from famine. When we are hungry, our body goes into survival mode and draws protein from muscle which can ultimately slow our metabolism and make it harder to lose weight. And when we exercise without eating we do not have the energy we need to power through an intense workout.
So when and what should we eat?
If your work out isn’t too early in the morning eat a regular meal 1 ½ – 2 ½ hours before a workout. Regardless of your workout time you should always eat a light, easy to digest meal 60 minutes or less after your training session.
A good choice is a whey protein shake with some fruit. Because it is blended it is easily digested. One of the advantages with a pre-workout smoothie with whey is that these nutrients carry over well after your workout giving your body a head start on rebuilding that muscle. However some people have a problem keeping the liquid from “repeating”. If you have that problem try a banana and peanut butter or Greek yogurt. Experiment and see what works for you but be sure that you have both protein and carbs in your meal and about 20 – 25 grams of each.
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