Fasting before working out: is it good or bad? Fasting before working out: is it good or bad?

Fasting before working out: is it good or bad?

All you need to know about fasting and working out.

Whether it’s a personal choice or simply hitting the gym first thing, working out on an empty stomach has grown in popularity. The American Council on Exercise backs such findings that exercising in a fasted state helps contribute to burning fat more rapidly as our glycogen storage, used for energy, is low. This is great news for those looking to shed a few pounds.

When is the best time to work out fasted?

It has to be around 10 to 12 hours without eating to be called a fasted workout, that’s why morning sessions are the most practical and while you should avoid calories before fasted training, it is beneficial to have a big glass of water to maintain hydration levels and take a multivitamin to help prevent any nutrient deficiencies.

As the body is not utilizing energy for digestion, many people feel more energized during fasted workouts and can sail through a 60-minute session with ease. The key is to maintain a healthy balance between burning those calories and dramatically depleting energy stores in the body, which can cause harm in the long term.

How long do you have to wait to eat after a fasted workout?

Some notions and studies are suggesting that eating after 30 minutes will help the body absorb nutrients more efficiently than just eating whenever possible. Eating healthy foods can help utilize the natural spike in insulin when you do break a fast to better help and shuttle nutrients to the parts of the body that need it the most, the actual musculature you trained minutes before.

Who should avoid fasted workouts?

From a health perspective, fasted workouts may not be suitable for everyone, and it’s crucial to understand what is safe for your body. Any adult with a health condition and pregnant women have to see a dietitian and medical physician before starting fasted workouts. 

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