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Is working out in the morning on an empty stomach the best to burn fat?



No, it is not. In fact, working out in the morning on an empty stomach will limit your ability to maximize your calorie and fat burning. The mistaken belief is that doing it this way will allow you to focus on fat loss only, since muscle glycogen (energy) is hardly present. This overlooks the simple fact that fat burns in a carbohydrate flame. Your body’s fat burning systems are fueled by glycogen. Without adequate glycogen to keep the system burning, fat metabolism is impaired. Your intensity level will be less (though it may FEEL like more) and your endurance and ultimately your total calorie burning will be reduced. This is not a recipe for success. If you must work out early in the morning, have a small pre/post workout meal replacement shake. This shake should be higher in carbohydrate than protein, in a ratio of about 2:1, and around 200-300 calories. The shake is ideal because it will be digested and absorbed quickly and can fuel your muscles to a great workout that will allow you to burn the most calories. This will make it easier to create a deficit in the calories you eat versus what you burn, leading to fat loss.
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No, this is an exercise myth and can be quite dangerous. The human body will perform at it's best when it has fuel (food). Our body has several "metabolic mills" running that help us produce energy from the foods we eat. This energy helps fuel our workouts which allows us to workout longer, and more intensely, than we would be able to without enough fuel. Working out on an empty stomach can have quite a negative impact on your workouts. It can also be dangerous - leading to extreme fatigue, dizziness and injury! It's very important to fuel your body before your workouts.

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