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April 24, 2012 8:56 AM
Is it good or bad to exercise on empty stomach? for example i wake up, take my fat burners, water and workout. then eat afterwards. should i eat first or it dont matter?
April 24, 2012 9:00 AM
Dr. Oz says to workout before you eat. For a while I thought I got queasy if I didn't eat first. I've figured out that I only get queasy if I don't drink water and get hydrated before I exercise.
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April 24, 2012 9:03 AM
I don't eat before I work out. I often exercise at 4:00 AM and don't eat until noon.

At about 11:30 this morning I'm going to go run 5 miles or so. I haven't eaten since 8:00 last night. I don't foresee any problems.
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April 24, 2012 9:06 AM
I am at the gym by 0500 so I do it on an empty stomach. If I do something later in the day, I try to make sure it has been a while since I ate. I get sick to my stomach if I workout with food in the belly!
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April 24, 2012 9:07 AM
You should drop the fat burner.

I do not eat before exercising. I feel better that way.
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April 24, 2012 9:08 AM
if I eat before working out, I get indigested/sick.
April 24, 2012 9:08 AM
When I work out in the morning it is on an empty stomach. At night it is almost always right after dinner. Or maybe 30-60min after dinner.
April 24, 2012 9:09 AM
I lift most days. I get a solid meal in first or I'm just begging for a bad day. I think everyone's different but I try to eat something with good carbs and proteins within about 1 hour of when I'm going to workout.
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April 24, 2012 9:09 AM
There has been a fair bit of controversy over the benefits of exercising in a fasted state. Some claim you burn more fat some don't.

For me it's a matter of comfort. I like to run in the morning. If I ate before I ran I'd have to get up a couple of hours earlier as I hate running with a full stomach. Having said that for my Sunday long runs I do eat before running as the runs vary between 1.5 and 2 hrs.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/27/does-exercising-on-an-empty-stomach-burn-more-fat/#

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/fitness/exercise/fitness-research/why-exercising-on-an-empty-stomach-can-mean-a-better-workout/article2021546/
April 24, 2012 9:10 AM
I can't workout on a full stomach.
April 24, 2012 9:11 AM
I don't really think it matters, all depends on what works for you. I HAVE to eat about 30 mins to an hour before I work out so I'm fueled enough. I can't go as hard as I want to if I've got an empty stomach, but I know people who get nauseous if they've eaten before working out. As far as burning fat or not, I honestly don't think it makes a difference.
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April 24, 2012 9:12 AM
I never workout on an empty stomach if I can help it. A small meal up to 30-60 minutes before my workout is what I like to do.

No idea if there are any actual benefits versus an empty stomach, but it lets me feel like I'm ready to push myself and work hard because I know I have some gas in the tank :)
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April 24, 2012 9:12 AM
QUOTE:

Dr. Oz says to workout before you eat. For a while I thought I got queasy if I didn't eat first. I've figured out that I only get queasy if I don't drink water and get hydrated before I exercise.


Well if Dr. Oz says it, it MUST be true.
  14254396
April 24, 2012 9:14 AM
I don't work out right after eating, but I don't like working out on an entirely empty stomach. Like on runs first thing in the morning, I always have a bowl of oatmeal about a half hour before I go, because it helps when I'm done. If I'm not hydrated or have a little bit of fuel, after I'm done I get really light-headed and nauseous.
April 24, 2012 9:14 AM
I don't do well with low blood sugar (major understatement)... I never exercise while hungry..
April 24, 2012 9:15 AM
QUOTE:
I don't really think it matters

Uh, apparently you missed where Dr. Oz says it DOES matter. wink
April 24, 2012 9:15 AM
I meet with my trainer at 6:00 am, so I work out on an empty stomach. Hasn't caused any issues.
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April 24, 2012 9:15 AM
Depends on how empty my stomach is... If I didn't eat much for dinner the night before, my tank is completely empty so I'd have to eat something before working out, even if it's just a protein bar or a banana, otherwise I won't have the energy to give it my all. But if I had a good meal, I'm usually good for a morning workout without food.
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April 24, 2012 9:17 AM
First question......Why are you taking fat burners? Second question.....What is your definition of a workout? If you are going for a 30 min run or silimar than do whatever works for you. If you are lifting heavy or doing very high intensity cardio for a prolonged period of time I would strongly suggest eating something first.
April 24, 2012 9:18 AM
I don't have a big meal but I have a little something to eat before I workout - even if it's a piece of fruit or some protein. Definitely have protein afterwards (cheese or I find a banana is good, even 1/2 a Larabar)

I usually hit the gym after work (4:30 - 5:00) so my afternoon snack is usually Greek Yogurt which has lots of protein and fills me up and then I'll have supper about 6:30 or 7:00 when I'm done.

For me most important - hydrate, hydrate, hydrate - I'll drink lots of water before, during and after and depending on my workout maybe even a bit of chocolate milk after to replenish some of what's been lost during my workout.
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April 24, 2012 9:19 AM
Well if Dr Oz says it it must be true.

QUOTE:

QUOTE:
I don't really think it matters

Uh, apparently you missed where Dr. Oz says it DOES matter. wink
April 24, 2012 9:19 AM
I eat about an hour before I work out (something with protein) and a banana after I'm done
April 24, 2012 9:21 AM
Doctor Oz and Fat Burners... This is bound to go splendidly :)
April 24, 2012 9:21 AM
Yes. I have to, otherwise I'll pass out.
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April 24, 2012 9:21 AM
I just have a small snack if I'm working out in the morning. Usually when I wake up my stomach is growling.( I like that feeling bigsmile) Then I have a meal after.

If my workout is later in the day I try to wait a couple of hours to let my meal settle. I agree that it has to be with what you're comfortable with.
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