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Cristina
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What do you think is more effective for greater fat burning results?

First thing in the morning I have my lemon warmish glass of water.  Then I may drink a bit more and go for a 60minute walk with my trusty water bottle.  I do not eat anything until I get back from my walk. Sometimes it may take me 30minutes after the walk before I can sit down for breakfast.

My weight has been slowly moving down.   I do have good meals and I am never hungry and feel fantastic.  Lately I up the walking routine by including quite a bit of hilly terrain and work out a good sweat by the end of the walk!!

But now I am wondering if I were to eat something before the walk, whether that will activate and speed up the fat burning effect?  

Any thoughts, what is your experience?  




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I prefer to exercise before I eat something. Exercising increases the blood sugar level and makes one feel less hungry. So I guess it's better to exercise on empty stomach.

Having said that, I also try to have breakfast within an hour of waking up, failing to do that I feel stressed, but then, I am Hunter


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I need to eat fairly soon after getting up as I need something to digest or my stomach begins to feel queezy. Also I eat a meal with protein about 90 minutes before I go work out at lunch time and follow my workout with a protein shake.

I'm hungry frequently throughout the day, go figure ~ O nonnie Hunter I seem to be holding fairly steady @ 180 lbs, but still feeling inches decreasing




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There are different schools of thought on that. Some believe if you exercise on an empty stomach, you release the HGH which makes you younger and lose weight faster. I also read that a carb snack before exercise, allows you to go farther, work harder and longer to acheive the same thing..because the body uses carbs for energy..I'm not talking about carb loading like runners use, but a snack before exercise.  If it comes down to me being feeling too tired to exercise and if  a carb snack like fruit or whole grain something give me energy to exercise, then I'll eat.  You'll have to try both ways and see which one your body likes the best.  
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The body continues to burn calories after excercising, so eating before or after might not make a difference... But, yes we are all unique...  
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I would keep doing what has been working for you. Since we are all individuals and no two bodies work exactly the same.I have to eat a small amount of protein first thing, or I get really dizzy and  then stay that way all day. I was put on a blood sugar medication that I don't think I needed. Am off of it now, but I think it has caused major hypoglycemia, if I slack on protein I will pass out and have come close a couple of times. If I do yoga I will have to do it later in the day, since I have to eat something first. I can't do yoga unless I wait 2 hours after eating. My life has turned inot a strange conundrum;D


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Hi Cristina,
I have for years before I started the lifestyle, ridden my bike to work on an empty stomach.I eat within 20-35 minutes after getting off the bike.Since I have been watching what I eat a little more and been on holidays,I have been rising about 6ish,eating a good breakfast and riding the bike about 7-7:30 and getting good results.If you are eating well, you should always have enough carbs or fuel left over to fuel a good workout in the morning, on an empty stomach.This situation would change,if you were doing more strenuous exercise for longer periods.Personally I feel better exercising on an empty stomach,but that is what my body is accustomed to.I think if you have a good pattern stick to it.Cheers

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I'd definately stick with what you think works best. Here are my 2 cents though

Exercise reduces stomach acid levels. Not sure how you are in that department but, it might be something to consider.

My sister, who is an iron woman, explained energy use during exercise like this: Starting your work out up to 20 minutes in the body makes use of sugars for energy, from 20-60 minutes in to a workout the body burns carbs, from 1hour-2hours into a workout the body begins burning fat. At 2hours+ the body then begins to burn protein/muscle. I hope I remembered this correctly and that it is accurate. Good luck Cristina
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Yes, we are all unique. Another hungry Hunter here. I have to eat shortly after I get up and would be famished (and tired) if I tried to exercise on an emtpy stomach.

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Thanks for the ideas.  I do not have problems exercising without food, but DH has to eat as soon as he gets up, well he is a nonnie!!




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