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Should You Eat Before Exercise?

Eating Before Exercise

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  • When you exercise while fasting, it essentially forces your body to shed fat, as your body's fat burning processes are controlled by your sympathetic nervous system (SNS), and your SNS is activated by exercise and lack of food
  • Exercise and fasting together also yields acute increases in oxidative stress, which actually benefits your muscle
  • You can get many of the same benefits of fasting and exercise by exercising first thing in the morning, before breakfast when your stomach is empty
  • If your workout includes heavy lifting, it’s important to eat within 30 minutes after your workout, and your meal should include fast-assimilating protein

By Dr. Mercola

It's long been said that you should avoid eating shortly before exercise as it can lead to a spike in blood sugar followed by a decline that could harm your performance.


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