Should You Work Out on an Empty Stomach? Hope this helps...
Don’t confuse exercising on an empty stomach with training in a fasted state. An empty stomach means you’ve given yourself enough time to adequately digest your food. That can be anywhere from 10 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the size of your meal.
Being in a fasted state means you’ve gone without eating for more like 12 hours (typically overnight). At this point, your food has not only been digested, but the fuel it supplied has been largely depleted, leaving your blood sugar low and your liver glycogen wanting. In this situation, your metabolism shifts and you’re more prone to burn fat, which is good, but this benefit has more to do with athletic performance than weight loss...a surprise to many of us.
Timing your pre-exercise meal to avoid these conflicts is easy. The general rule is to wait 3 hours after a full, balanced meal. Wait 2 hours after a lighter meal where the nutritional balance is skewed toward carbs. Or for anything less than an hour, keep your snack below 100 calories and focus on fast-absorbing carbs (e.g., half a banana).
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