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You may think you need food to fuel your workouts but a new study suggests working out on an empty stomach may be more beneficial.

Loading up on carbohydrates pre-workout, as suggested by traditional weight loss techniques, is not always the best route to take. Eating too many carbohydrates would stop the body from burning fat as a fuel for energy. Instead, carbs would be burnt as fuel which means you would not be able to reap the benefits of burning fat. In order to lose weight, fats must be burnt. Consuming too many carbohydrates prevents this.



Over the course of the day, the body goes through the fed and fasted stages. The fed state lasts about four to six hours after a meal. The fasted state starts then and lasts until food is consumed again. Studies demonstrate that a bout of aerobic exercise performed in the fasted as compared with non-fasted state increases the reliance on fat and subsequently reduces the reliance on carbohydrate as fuel during exercise, with several publications showing that fasted exercise oxidises (burns) around 20-30pc more fat.

The study analyzed the effects of eating versus fasting on the gene expression in the adipose (fat) tissue in response to exercise and claims that it is better to exercise on an empty stomach to enjoy good health. Researchers give a reason for the same explaining that after you eat something, the adipose tissue gets busy responding to that meal and the episode of exercise may not produce the same beneficial results in the tissue.

The best way to implement this is to start working out early in the morning because that is when the body is in a fasted state. If you are used to working out after loading on carbs, it will be difficult to stat working out on an empty stomach. Start with reducing the amount of food you consume before the work out. Once the food intake pre workout has been reduced, start with low impact workouts like jogging, walking and low intensity cardio. Try drinking green tea or black coffee right before the workout. This will spike your metabolism and help you burn fatty acids quickly.

Soon, your body will adjust and your muscles will learn to use less glycogen and burn fat for fuel instead. You will be on your way to lose weight then.

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