Should you eat before you exercise ?

What should we eat during an exercise day and when should we eat it? We pay trainers and nutritionists a lot of money to get the answer for this question. We combed through many qualified sources as well as interviews of professional people in the business into one post.

eat before exercise?

One study by Mercola explains that you should skip eating before exercise, especially if you’re interested in maximizing your fat-burning potential. As they put it, fasting is an essential force to your body to shed fat, as your body’s fat burning processes are controlled by your sympathetic nervous system (SNS), and your SNS is activated by exercise and lack of food.

The combination of fasting and exercising maximizes the impact of cellular factors and catalysts (cyclic AMP and AMP Kinases), which force the breakdown of fat and glycogen for energy. Fasting before aerobic training leads to reductions in both body weight and body fat, while eating before a workout decreases only body weight.

Another study by Authority Nutrition states that your brain is more worried about keeping you from starving, making sure that you (and your genes) survive. When you lose a lot of weight, the body starts trying to conserve energy by reducing the amount of calories you burn. It also makes you feel hungrier, lazier and increases your cravings for food. This can cause you to stop losing weight, and may make you feel so miserable that you abandon your weight loss efforts and gain the weight back. This phenomenon is often called “starvation mode,” but is really just the brain’s natural mechanism to protect you from starvation.

If you’re already devoting the time to working out, you’re probably interested in making the most of that time and getting in the most possible benefit in the shortest amount of time your body needs energy to perform at a high intensity. Based on experience with training and studying the human biology, you should eat before you exercise but, you should eat at least 3 hours before that way you would have the energy to pump up and build muscle mass.

Look out for my next blog posting to be about the food you should eat before and after you exercise to gain the most out of your workout.