Discussion in 'Fitness & Nutrition' started by Trickypants, Jul 2, 2007.
Better? Worse? Personal preference?
You should eat a very light carbohydrate heavy meal before hand.
Like I ran this morning and before I left I just had a banana half a glass of gatorade and a little oatmeal.
Especially in the morning, if you dont get something in you, youll be too weak and tired to have a good run.
I always do AM cardio on an empty stomach. I sip on BCAA's and glutamine the whole time though.
I can understand for the energy, but does it make a difference when dropping weight? Like on an empty stomach you'll burn more 'reserves' vs. food in stomach?
Probably doesn't make a big enough difference one way or the other but I was curious.
That's exactly it. Supposedly the differences are negligible but on an empty stomach might be more catabolic.
I'd say at least do what jeremy does and drink BCAA's during.
How we always did it in basic and AIT, no food just get up and do PT, then ate a big breakfast afterwords. It's hard to say if it worked or not. I know I ran alot better on an empty stomach (sp?) vs. after eating something b/c of all the sloshing around. What made a big difference for me is drinking a canteen of water right before bed. Helped tons!
Forgive the ignorance....but what are BCAA's?
Branched Chain Amino Acids
Also, if you define your empty stomach to be "when waking up" that is the ideal time. NOT an empty stomach as in "oh I haven't eaten in 4 hours". Your body is burning glycogen in the mornings and its idea to utilize this time to burn as much as possible so yes, you're point in saying that it burns stored energy more than food in stomach.
However, it doesn't give you the liberty to pig out after a good workout. Eat right and make your cardio sessions count.
I thought this was all dependent on goals. If you're looking to burn fat, shouldn't you run on an empty stomach so your body pulls reserves?
yeah, sorry, I do mean first thing in the morning cardio. My afternoon cardio I have a little protein and some carbs pre and post.
I think its a bad idea, just sounds unhealthy. Im sure Pur will have something to say about it tho
Read in a mens health article that doing cardio first thing on an empty stomach is very negative on your muscles.
Mens Fitness June/July 2007 pg176