Exercise Myth Busters #41

You burn more fat if you exercise on an empty stomach

Studies have shown that more fat is utilized when exercising after a period offasting than if you eat a few hours before exercise. However when trying to decrease weight it is total energy consumption vs. total energy use and not which form of energy is utilized most that will result in weight loss. Therefore when exercising on an empty stomach there will be less fuel available for your body to use to help you perform and you may actually feel more tired reducing the intensity that you exercise at as well as decreasing your level of performance.

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