Recent studies have suggested  exercising while your body is low on calories may be a good way to burn excess fat. Muscles  get their energy from  mostly carbohydrates,  but if you haven’t eaten before exercising, your body doesn’t have many carbohydrates in the body to use. This forces your body to burn fat instead according to the numerous research that I have read.

“In a study published in April, researchers at the University of Birmingham and elsewhere assigned seven people to cycle three days a week, followed by an intense session an hour later without eating. Another seven people followed the same regime, without the instruction to fast.Though members of the group that didn’t eat performed worse on the intensive training, they burned a higher proportion of fat to carbohydrates than the group that ate. The results were published by Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.” This excerpt  was taken from the USA Today Health Section written by Maria Cheng.

There are downfalls of exercising on an empty stomach, such as the intensity of training will be down, and your strength/endurance gains will be negatively affecgted. Also, your blood sugar may get too low, and dizzness can occur. Discuss your health with your doctor first if wanting to attempt this type of exercising.

It is very important that you do have a higher carbohydrate meal after you workout for recovery, just dont add too many extra calories because will defeat the fat burning process. Exercising on an empty stomach may not be for everyone, but in my experience at the gym, it works for me.

If you would like more information on dieting and exercise, please call me,  Joseph Kuna, DC at (609) 693-3335, and I would be more than happy to answer your questions.

*Adapted for USA Today, associated press, Maria Cheng,