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I think, "all the advice" aside, that it totally depends on how you do.
Personally I always strength train on an "empty stomach." Since I train at night I'm only "fasted" for 5-6 hours. If I have eaten 2 hours prior, even 3-4 hours prior, no matter how little I've eaten I'm too full = I have less energy & throw up a little ;o)
My body feels awesome during and after a workout with no immediate "fuel." I also know you're "supposed to eat to refuel just after a workout," but that's something my body rejects too (as is breakfast first thing in the morning).
I end up fasting 5-6 hours prior, 1-2 hours during, 8 hours sleeping. I'd never added it up before, but I guess that's at least a 12 hour fast per day. Weird!
I think it mostly depends on your body. Advice is pretty irrelevant if it doesn't work for you.
Yep; it's all about what works for you. I work out first thing in the morning, always on an empty stomach, and it works great for me.
I do a thorough warm-up, of course, taking care to make sure my spine is ready for any heavy lifting I'm going to do; lots of dynamic stretching, walking, etc.
I'm a "morning person", too, so it works for me. I actually can't stand working out in the afternoon/evenings any more; I just don't feel fresh then. It's like my mind prefers the blank slate of the morning.
I am also a fan of it. I had a trainer from my workout forum lambaste me for doing it, so I started to eat before and after and not only did it make me sick, but my fat-loss results were a tad stalled too.
I just 'feel' better on a fasted workout, even when lifting really heavy weights. Like I have even more energy.
Mark did say that those 'Ketones' are little power-houses of energy, compared to the normal glucose that your body would consume from your diet instead...right?
I've been experimenting with this a little lately. I find my workouts are great in the morning on an empty stomach, if I workout after food I feel I can't lift as heavy and can feel a bit nauseated.
If I workout 5-6hours after lunch so 6pm ish I feel it's the best workout I ever have and I feel very energized afterwards then cook myself dinner. Plus side of that is everyone is home having dinner and watching the news so the gym is practically empty
Want to resuscitate this thread as I have some questions. I can work out fasted in the morning after a night's sleep and I can work out in the evening, about 6 hours after lunch. But when I do a dinner-to-dinner fast, I have no energy to lift. Yesterday, I tried some Tabata thruster after about 21 hours of IFing and I just couldn't. What's happening? What do I need to do work out in a fasted state?
@Sassa, thanks for that link. That was helpful. I've always been told to eat a little something beforehand so you have energy to work out, but this puts it all into totally relatable terms.
This morning I ate at 630am and then did my crossfit workout at 130pm...felt fine before, finished with what I think is a pretty darn good time, and feel surprisingly fine now. Still haven't eaten anything! This is a new one for me! cooool.