Health & Fitness

Exercising While Fasting

I’ve had a number of people ask me about my rule of only working out on an empty stomach. Most people are sceptical by this and think that my blood sugar must drop during my session causing me to feel weak and shaky before I’m even finished my reps. This couldn’t be further from the truth, actually.

When I head to the gym I am usually feeling hungry and sometimes my stomach is even rumbling but the minute I start my warmup that all goes away. I’m filled with adrenaline instead as well as a burst of endorphins. I’m not thinking about food. No part of my body is at this point. Why this happens is kind of a mystery to me but I have learned a few things while doing research on the concept of a fasting exercise routine.

According to Dr. Mercola at fitness.mercola.com when you exercise while fasting intermittently 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.

Something you need to take note of, however, which is the situation in my case, is if you are lifting weights (even if your lifting with a machine) it’s important to eat within 30 minutes after your workout, and your meal should include fast-assimilating protein such as Whey (Rice and pea isolate proteins if you’re Vegan)

So there you have it. Maximum fat burning at your fingertips and more importantly a little bit of new knowledge. Whether you decide to give it a try or not is entirely up to you but now at least you know the science behind it.

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