Now there is some logic to exercising on an empty stomach we’ll tuck into more of our fat stores to fuel our training sessions.
However studies have actually shown they're no real differences in fat loss over the course of a day, in a fasted state or in a fed state prior to exercise.
If your daily calorie deficit target is to consume 1800 calories and you still eat 1800 calories during the course of the day, you’re still going to lose weight,
Regardless of whether you:-
- Trained at the start of the day, middle of the day or the end of the day.
- On an empty stomach or in a fed state prior to training.
If you’re anything like me, I tend to train better after I’ve had something to eat.
If I have more available energy to train with, I find I can train harder, and at a higher intensity therefore I can potentially expend more calories through more intense training, such as completing more reps, or with heavier weights or resistance.
It’s one of those where there’s no right or wrong answer.
If you feel too bogged down to exercise every time you’d had something to eat 1-2 hours before, then do it fasted if that's going to make you feel your best when training.
However as long as you do that knowing you’re getting no extra fat loss benefits from doing so.
If your daily routine allows you time to eat before you exercise, and you tend to perform better, then continue to have a meal before you exercise.
It comes down to that old saying, it’s what works best for YOU!
What do you guys prefer to do?