To eat, or not to eat before you exercise … that is the question! And if you want to get the real skinny on the smartest and fastest way to burn body fat, you’ll definitely want to listen up!
One key factor people often neglect when trying to lose weight is the importance of hormones, which control and set the pace for how quickly we lose weight — and even how fast we build muscle — which also helps to boost metabolism. When you eat a meal containing carbohydrates (and to a lesser degree, protein), your body releases insulin, the hormone that helps regulate blood sugar levels. Without it, our blood sugar would spike after meals, remain elevated and we’d eventually die because too much sugar in our blood is toxic.
But insulin is also a fat storage hormone. So when insulin is elevated — as is the case after you eat — your body will be in a state of wanting to store fat, not burn it. It doesn’t matter if you exercise like a mad man after a meal, you will not be able to burn body fat until insulin levels drop, which can typically take two-to-three hours, if not longer.
So, since eating essentially encourages the body to store fat, how can you hack this normal physiological response and instead take advantage of your body’s fat-burning potential? Let me introduce you to “fasted training.” Never heard of it? Don’t worry. All it involves is exercising on an empty stomach! One very basic fasted training protocol is to simply exercising first thing the morning before breakfast when when your insulin levels are at their lowest.
There are numerous studies backing it’s benefits and countless fitness experts who swear by it, fasted training is absolutely something you should consider (if your health permits and please check with your Doctor!). Fasted training works because you are working with — not against — your hormones to maximize fat burn. And since hormones help set the pace for weight loss, skip the pre-workout meal and start looking into fasted exercise. Hands down it’s one of the best kept fitness secrets!
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