Do You Exercise on an Empty Stomach?

It can be a hotly debated topic: is it better to exercise on an empty stomach, or is not eating anything at all before a workout just setting yourself up for a lackluster performance?

Many people believe exercising on an empty stomach (usually in the morning) helps your body burn more fat during your workout, thereby leading to more overall weight loss. But while some studies have shown that the habit helps burns more fat, others have shown that exercising without eating actually causes your body to burn muscles and hold onto fat. And since exercising requires energy, if you start a workout with a grumbling stomach, you may not achieve your best calorie burn.

We're constantly on the quest of the perfect pre-workout snack, but what's your pre-exercise ritual? If it's been awhile since your last meal, do you eat a snack or do you eat nothing at all?

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