Should you workout on an empty stomach?

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    Aug 10, 2009 5:48 AM GMT
    I've recently made some schedule changes and started working out in the morning. Is it a bad idea to workout on an empty stomach first thing in the morning?
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    Aug 10, 2009 11:47 AM GMT
    I generally workout on an empty stomach especially if I'm doin g any high intensity cardio that morning. Full stomach slows me down and invites cramping if you're doing say, a plyometric workout.

    If I do eat on resistance days, I'll usually eat about 30 min before. It is usually something like oatmeal or another slow digesting carb. Post workout is a recovery drink and some protein.
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    Aug 10, 2009 12:16 PM GMT
    It probably is not true that you will lose more weight if you exercise on an empty stomach. A few sports professionals believe that instead of burning fat you may end up burning muscle.
    A lot of people can workout better if they eat something light before exercising. The light snack should provide calories for a more intense workout and may shorten recovery. It can prevent hypoglycemia which can make you dizzy or nauseated.
    It's up to you and the type of workout you're doing. Some people are fine doing cardio without a meal in the morning, although they find they may need more fuel for a strength training workout. Other people workout so early, they may not have time to eat anything. The best answer to this is to do what works for you.
    If you do choice to eat a light snack, make sure you take time to digest the snack. It usually takes 30 to 60 minutes to digest a 100 to 200 calorie snack.
    What works for me is oatmeal or a banana. Sometimes I use an energy gel or yogurt.


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    Aug 10, 2009 2:16 PM GMT
    cranberry2 saidI've recently made some schedule changes and started working out in the morning. Is it a bad idea to workout on an empty stomach first thing in the morning?


    Generally, yes. It's called break-fast for a reason. You haven't eaten all night. When you work out without eating, you burn the very muscle you're trying to develop! DOH!

    At 5'9" and 130, you're grossly underweight. EAT.

    In your case, because you're so very thin, you're likely catabolic almost all the time. Nothing could be worse than working out on empty. In addition, you're training your body's metabolism how to become very slow for an impending famine....wrong, wrong, wrong. Eat, and you keep eating.

    Carbohydrates are protein sparing, and your body's preferred source of energy is glucose. Eat.

    If you train like a dummy, you'll look like one. Eat.
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    Aug 10, 2009 2:18 PM GMT
    cranberry2 saidI've recently made some schedule changes and started working out in the morning. Is it a bad idea to workout on an empty stomach first thing in the morning?


    did that once and fainted dead away.
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    Aug 10, 2009 4:19 PM GMT
    Blackguy4you said
    cranberry2 saidI've recently made some schedule changes and started working out in the morning. Is it a bad idea to workout on an empty stomach first thing in the morning?


    did that once and fainted dead away.


    Same thing. I was midway through my workout. After doing a set of seated rows, I felt dizzy and stood up to clear my head. But I never made it up. As I struggled to stand, I fainted, crashing to the floor. Never again will I lift weights on an empty stomach.
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    Aug 10, 2009 6:29 PM GMT
    What if your workout is later in the day, say, before dinner. The effects of lunch have worn off, but I usually lift and then go and have a hardy meal. Is that bad? Should I at least have a gronola bar or something before I lift?
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    Aug 10, 2009 6:30 PM GMT
    i usually have a protein shake along with my no explode
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    Aug 10, 2009 6:39 PM GMT
    You're very slim. If you fat-burning, I'd say you could get away without breakfast beforehand, but you don't have that issue. You need to eat a meal (with protein) before your workouts.
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    Aug 10, 2009 6:55 PM GMT
    You're not grossly underweight at all, you're just not a musclemonster.

    I always eat an hour before I work out, whether cardio or resistance. Working out on a full stomach, though = bad idea (for me).
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    Aug 10, 2009 7:03 PM GMT
    yngstud4mscl saidWhat if your workout is later in the day, say, before dinner. The effects of lunch have worn off, but I usually lift and then go and have a hardy meal. Is that bad? Should I at least have a gronola bar or something before I lift?


    It's not bad, but you're a slim guy too, but I assume you want to build muscle. You don't need to burn fat, so you need some fuel before your workouts or you body will take away from what muscle you do have. You should have something a bit more substantial than a granola bar within an hour of your workout. You really need a significant protein, e.g. a chicken breast, and something else to burn and to build muscles, otherwise it's wasted effort.
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    Aug 10, 2009 9:03 PM GMT
    badmikeyt saidYou're not grossly underweight at all, you're just not a musclemonster.

    I always eat an hour before I work out, whether cardio or resistance. Working out on a full stomach, though = bad idea (for me).


    Thank you for your responses, the feedback is well appreciated and helpful.

    And thank you badmikeyt. I am aware (as well as glad) of the fact that my BMI falls within the normal range, therefore I am not grossly underweight.
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    Aug 10, 2009 10:10 PM GMT
    Those of you who think you know everything are WRONG. Although BMI is considered bogus, here's the standard. Even using BMI, the original poster, even at the bottom of the scale is underweight.

    BMI is for sedentary individuals. Muscle weighs more than fat, and the weight of muscular folks is always considerably higher. It's deluded to think that someone 5'9" and 130# is at normal weight. It's not anywhere close for a Real Jock / athlete.

    Before you say I'm wrong, do your homework. I'm almost always right because I research what I say before I say it, and, I've also got 35 years of success..

    Let this serve as your teaching moment.

    standard_weight_chart_for_men.jpg
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    Aug 10, 2009 10:14 PM GMT
    For those that have fainted, it's caused by low blood sugar and is one step away from seizure. Dumb, dumb, dumb, as you related above. Remember: if it seems stupid, it almost certainly is.
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    Aug 10, 2009 10:18 PM GMT
    well I am around 5'4 and 120-125 I ate a lot when trying to gain muscle and it doesn't work icon_sad.gif I always am 120-125 I was 130 at the max one time. Sometimes I worked out on an empty stomach but sometimes I would eat a bar or something, I guess I need to do that now. I have the same prob like the poster, it's hard for me to gain weight of any kind. I know that it's bad that all summer I have not lifted much but it is out of my control. when I get back to it, I gain very fast and eat a lot. Taking small breaks helps and it jump starts your body too I think

    Having the body we do, it's a gift and a curse lol, but I am short so that makes the muscle I already have appear to be bigger
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    Aug 10, 2009 10:52 PM GMT
    My trainer and I were having this conversation recently as I started doing cardio in the morning. He told me to not even think about not eating before doing either cardio or weight lifting

    Here is something I do for my mornings - it's easy to make and actually good (although it neither sounds nor looks all that appetizing):

    The night before, I mix oatmeal (uncooked), raisins, muscle milk powder, milk and cinnamon in a bowl and let it sit in the refrigerator over night. When I wake up, I open it and dive right in with a spoon. It takes about 2 minutes to make and about that time to eat.

    It sounds bad, but trust me it is actually pretty good, and I'm not even a big fan of oatmeal. Sometimes I will even make an extra, smaller portion for a snack that day.

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    Aug 10, 2009 10:59 PM GMT
    something small like a BB&J sandwich....other wise I get REAL sick!
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    Aug 10, 2009 11:37 PM GMT
    Oatmeal is a very good food.
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    Aug 10, 2009 11:39 PM GMT
    ChuckyStud-

    Yeah, I am finding that out. The first time my trainer showed me what he was eating, I swore I would never have it. The mix is actually good!

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    Aug 11, 2009 12:26 AM GMT
    cranberry2 said
    badmikeyt saidYou're not grossly underweight at all, you're just not a musclemonster.

    I always eat an hour before I work out, whether cardio or resistance. Working out on a full stomach, though = bad idea (for me).


    Thank you for your responses, the feedback is well appreciated and helpful.

    And thank you badmikeyt. I am aware (as well as glad) of the fact that my BMI falls within the normal range, therefore I am not grossly underweight.


    You're definitely not grossly underweight. In fact, you look good. You have a slim frame. It probably wouldn't hurt you to gain some weight, but you are hardly "grossly underweight." And I'm not sure that your frame would carry a great deal more weight very well.

    In addition, it may be that eating less (within reason) is good for your long-term health:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/07/09/health/main5146924.shtml

    Still, I think you should have something to eat before you work out.
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    Aug 11, 2009 12:42 AM GMT
    chuckystud saidThose of you who think you know everything are WRONG. Although BMI is considered bogus, here's the standard. Even using BMI, the original poster, even at the bottom of the scale is underweight.

    BMI is for sedentary individuals. Muscle weighs more than fat, and the weight of muscular folks is always considerably higher. It's deluded to think that someone 5'9" and 130# is at normal weight. It's not anywhere close for a Real Jock / athlete.

    Before you say I'm wrong, do your homework. I'm almost always right because I research what I say before I say it, and, I've also got 35 years of success..

    Let this serve as your teaching moment.

    standard_weight_chart_for_men.jpg


    I said nothing about BMI, and he didn't make any claims to be an 'athlete' or a jock. He asked a simple question about whether he should eat or not before he works out, and you jumped straight up his ass.

    Not everyone wants to look like a freakin' oompa loompa so let people whoa aren't out to asshole him to death in a roid rage answer his questions without the benefit of your 'teaching moments'.

    Success is such a subjective term.
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    Aug 11, 2009 3:12 AM GMT
    cranberry2 said
    badmikeyt saidYou're not grossly underweight at all, you're just not a musclemonster.

    I always eat an hour before I work out, whether cardio or resistance. Working out on a full stomach, though = bad idea (for me).


    Thank you for your responses, the feedback is well appreciated and helpful.

    And thank you badmikeyt. I am aware (as well as glad) of the fact that my BMI falls within the normal range, therefore I am not grossly underweight.


    This was to address the mistake above.

    I haven't seen anyone roid raging, or anything close. In fact, that's urban myth, or at least I've never seen it in my 34 years of lifting. More what I see is folks being is infantile and ignorant.

    The beauty of ignorance is the ignorant folks don't know they are. They can't help it. I understand.

    I didn't jump straight up anyone's ass. I rebutted the above. Next time, get your facts straight.

    Even looking at the chart for non-athletes, and even if we use the smallest scale, the original poster is incorrect in saying he's not off the chart underweight. I simply corrected his delusion.
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    Aug 11, 2009 3:22 AM GMT
    Dude, chuckystud...shut the fuck up.
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    Aug 11, 2009 3:30 AM GMT
    I never workout with an empty stomach. I drink some amount of protein shake before lifting and usually a banana before my spin class. I just can't focus as much when I'm hungry.
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    Aug 11, 2009 3:32 AM GMT
    Franko85 saidDude, chuckystud...shut the fuck up.


    lmfao..icon_twisted.gif