Did You Eat Breakfast Before Your Morning Cardio Session?
So I am about to get into my morning exercise routine but I wanted to ask you if you ate something before you hit your AM Cardio workout? Well, I have news for you if the belief is still starving yourself to exhaustion before completing one rep of set one!
The theory behind empty stomach is cardio is simple: supposedly, by doing cardio on a empty stomach, you tap directly into fat stores since glycogen (carbohydrate) stores are somewhat depleted after an overnight fast.
Seems to make sense, but research has proven this to be wrong.
Several studies have shown no difference in substrate utilization (glycogen vs. fat) for those working out on an empty stomach vs. those who eat a small meal prior to their morning workouts. In fact, many studies are beginning to show the exact opposite—those who had a small meal first burned more calories and more fat than the empty stomach group.
The reason is rather simple if you think about it. Even if not eating beforehand allowed you to burn more fat (which it doesn’t), the major trade off is performance. Why does performance matter? Well, if you can’t perform at an optimal level and put forth maximal effort, then you are not going to be burning an optimal amount of calories–period. The truth is, empty stomach cardio is an outdated philosophy whose theory was proven incorrect by research. Still, there are plenty of people who hold on to the theory despite the available research. Perhaps they’re not aware of it, perhaps they just go by what the fitness and bodybuilding magazines tell them (bad idea); I’m not sure. Whatever the reason, popular philosophy doesn’t always mean correct philosophy, and this is one such instance.
Put something in before you work to take something out! The meal doesn’t have to be large, but it should contain some complex carbs (oatmeal, etc) along with a small serving of protein. Give your body about a half hour to begin digesting and then hit your workout.
Better feeling plus more calories burned increases more fat loss plus improved cardiovascular functioning equals better performance! So make sure to get something on your stomach and then dominate your workout!
Take care and have a great day!