(Closed) Is it OK to workout on an empty stomach?

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Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Ugh, if I work out with any food or drinks in my stomach at all I get horrible side cramps. Even water or tea or a small snack.  So I actually plan my workouts for right before meals and it saves me so many problems. 

Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If I am doing cardio specifically for weight loss, I try not to have eaten atleast 3 hours prior. If I have strength training, I will eat something small around the 1 hour or so mark. I am talking a cup of yogurt, or a fruit. Then I will eat a good, healthy meal about 20-30 mins after the workout.

Works like a charm. My results are stupendous!

Post # 18
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I usually run at night before bed so I usually eat dinner at around 6:30 and run at about 8pm. If I don’t wait that long I get really bad side cramps but I used to run on an empty stomach and I find that I have a lot more energy to do a better workout after I’ve eaten something. When I run in the mornings it’s right when I get up so it’s on an empty stomach but those are usually shorter runs for me, like 3 miles instead of my normal 6 or 7. I only run in the morning about once a week though.

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@Evie19: I do both cardio, strength and toning (err… if that’s even in its own category).

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I never eat before I work out in the mornings and have never had a problem.  I go to boot camp so it’s a mix of cardio and strength.  I also see a trainer once a week at night and always have a problem with acid reflux regardless of when I eat.  I try to have something about 2-3 hours before I go and it doesn’t really help me.

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve worked out in the morning before eating and have been fine. I actually prefer it because eating bothers me before going for a run, etc. , but I know some people that need to grab a yogurt or something small before they go… with something small like that , it won’t hurt you to work out right afterwards.

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I usually work out in the evenings now, but I used to run or lift every morning.  The Jillian Michaels advice is right – if you are doing cardio on an empty stomach, you will be burning a higher percentage of muscle mass than you would otherwise.   If you’re exercising for weight loss, this probably isn’t as big of an issue as if you’re trying to build muscle as well.

For me, the issue is performance as well as the way I feel.  Unless I had a massive and late dinner the night before, first thing in the morning runs on an empty stomach are pretty pathetic. I get light-headed and nauseated halfway through and my times are way off what they normally are.  While I’ll sometimes suck up the hungry cardio if I don’t have anything good to eat around, I NEED to lift weights with something in my stomach.  Preferably not too much, but enough that I’m not feeling acute hunger.

I’ll usually have a piece of fruit just before I head out the door.  It’s quick, accessible energy, not too heavy, not too much food, but filling enough that I won’t be starving.  If I don’t have any fruit around (on vacation, need to hit up the store, etc), a bite or two of a luna bar or a handful of cereal works as well.

I actually find coffee or tea before running is a terrible idea… that’s when my stomach gets really upset.  Though I’ve read caffeine can improve performance, so I’m a little envious of all of you who can run with it.

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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@Entangled: Maybe you can try one of those sports drinks? Sans sugar though!!!! They do tend to have a little bit of caffiene though. But might result differently than normal cofee. I know that I can get an upset tummy with just drinking coffee (even with milk, cream, etc.) But I wouldn’t if I had an energy drink.

Post # 26
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I have to eat something, or I get super queasy.  Usually something small – an apple, banana, or a protein bar is enough to hold me over until afterward, when I eat breakfast.

 

Post # 27
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I eat a small snack before working.  If not, I feel depleted and although I am going through a routine I don’t give it my all.

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I don’t know much about acid reflux, but do you still feel sick even if you eat just a banana or a piece of toast beforehand? What about an almost-empty stomach?

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@Evie19:I think I”m still trying to figure out what works best for my body.  I’ve tried to see what works best for me and there doesn’t seem to be a pattern.  I’ve tried eating something like an apple and a little peanut butter 1 hr before the workout and that didn’t work.  Tried it 2 hrs before and still the same problem.  I’ve tried not eating up to 4 hours before and not suprisingly, I lack energy.  However, I’ve also tried eating like a mini meal (chicken with veg and pasta) 3 hours before and I get the acid reflux.  I feel like I’m damned if I do and damned if I don’t.  I either get the acid reflux and kinda burpy if I eat and lack energy if I don’t.  I’m starting to think that my body just doesn’t respond well to workouts in the evening and should stick to my early morning ones.

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