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Myth Buster: Does Exercising on an Empty Stomach Burn More Calories?

Posted by Lela D.

Nope. According to registered dietician Karen Brewton in a recent Oxy magazine article, you need to eat something 30 minutes before heading to the gym. At least a little something like a breakfast bar or yogurt. If you exercise in the morning, you'll need a light breakfast first. And if you work out after work, make sure you get something in your system if it's been five or more hours since lunch. Plus, breakfast gets your metabolism going. Don't skip it!
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I've heard not to eat before working out thing before and I always have an awful workout when I try it. It's good to know my instincts about eating before hand were right. Thanks for the info.
Working out on a empty stomach with low blood sugar=low energy and no fun!
every time i ever worked out on an empty stomach i ended up eating more when  i was finished.
Definitely need something in that tummy to fuel that workout, but not so much that you feel what you just ate will be back for Act 2. Pre workout dining is a bell curve, you may need to experiment a little to find the ideal amount and types of foods that best fuel your workout without making you feel sick.
Whitney is right, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. For some people eating 30 minutes before running will cause stomach cramps. But exercising while hungry can be harmful, indeed.
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