One of the many debates in regards to exercise is whether or not to eat prior to beginning a workout. There are arguably as many people who say it’s a good idea as there are those who suggest otherwise, so who do you believe?
In terms of performance, eating something may be a good idea. The food you consume can be used to fuel your workout, and it’s been shown that those who have “fuel” tend to perform better. If you do plan to forego a meal, think about what you’re aiming to achieve. While fasting may help you lose weight, it may not be the best idea in terms of your overall fitness.
Glycogen is used by the body as fuel. When it runs low, the body will break down fat but will also break down protein. Protein is a fundamental muscle building block. With that in mind, eating something throughout the day will help to keep glycogen levels at better levels, which makes muscle building easier.
While this post is largely in favor of eating before exercise, again, take a look at what your goals are. If you want to lose weight, maybe fasting is the right decision. If you’re looking to tone the body and start working towards perfecting your physique, a meal before hitting the weights may be a wiser decision.
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