The Importance of Fueling Before Exercise

The answer is yes!!  Food is energy input and exercise is energy output.  If you don’t have fuel in the tank, how can you expect to spend fuel that isn’t there?  When we wake up in the morning, our bodies are on empty and we are in starvation mode.  Our bodies use energy at night even when we are sleeping to repair muscles, burn fat, and if needed, burn lean muslce mass if there wasn’t enough fuel from the day before.  There are many dangers of working out on an empty stomach.  I have had clients faint when they work out without fuel and even more serious conditions can happen.  If you are a early morning exerciser and just can’t face eating, at the very minimal use one scoop of whey protein in water for your muscles which are made of protein.  The good thing about whey protein is that it is digestable in 10 minutes.  Another suggestion is a banana with peanut butter.  Experiment, but eat something.  If you eat a big meal before your workout make sure that you have at least an hour to digest it before working out.  Your body can’t digest food and bring blood to the muscles at the same time.  It will have to chose to get you through your workout and your food will still be sitting in your stomach and it may not sit well!

 

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