Running on an empty stomach?

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  1. Sugarkay

    Sugarkay New Member Full Member

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    I have recently started (trying) to get back into shape and therefore I want to drop a couple of pounds. On advice from some of my friends I have begun to run before having breakfast because running on an empty stomach supposedly helps burning more calories. Is this a fact or a myth?

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  2. paloalto00

    paloalto00 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I would think that is a myth, but idk. I don't see how you could run on an empty stomach, since you won't have any fuel for that run. Plus, not eating will slow down your metabolism
     
  3. curly

    curly Fastest hands in the West Full Member

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    ^ I thought the same thing
     
  4. sixtennshots

    sixtennshots Member Full Member

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    Some say it will burn more fat as your glycogen stores will be somewhat depleted after a long nights sleep. Though it will not burn any more calories and may lead to more muscle wasting, due to the body using fat and protein stores as energy.

    In short, no it will not burn more calories, but most likely more fat will be burned due to low blood sugar/glycogen levels.
     
  5. Johnboy2007

    Johnboy2007 Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Im no expert but i would have thought as with alot of these myths i would have thought if it is true the effect would be very small or negligable. More important to makesure you do the run and feel good doing it and personally a completely empty stomach makes me feel drained and tired and i know my run wouldnt be as intense
     
  6. johnp

    johnp Reject Full Member

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    I just have a glass of water and a banana before I go out in the morning. Also take a bottle of water with me.
     
  7. average_joe

    average_joe Member Full Member

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    Wow, your friend obviously doesn't like you very much. Have something light before you run. Maybe a fruit or some other light carbohydrate source. Running on empty hurts you more than it helps- your muscle gets broken down before fat.
     
  8. amy

    amy If you know what I mean Full Member

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    Exactly, you're sacrificing performance for something that may or may not be true. At least have a banana or a granola bar, some sort of snack before heading out.
     
  9. TommyV

    TommyV Obsessed with Boxing booted

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    No. Always eat something, don't run on a full stomach , but as Amy says at least have a piece of fruit or something.
     
  10. GPater11093

    GPater11093 Barry Full Member

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    i train and fight abit hungry i train without having supper

    i think it makes me work harder as i know i will have supper after it. so literally i am a hungry fighter

    for a boxing match i have a small portion of Pasta then weigh in and have maybe a chocolate bar then i fight
     
  11. gatto

    gatto Active Member Full Member

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    yea i ran on an empty stomach today and had 0 intensity
     
  12. Zaryu

    Zaryu Boxing Addict Full Member

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    it depends at what time you run. Usualy when I run I get up early in the morning, before eating breakfest on a normal day (heck, before waking up on an average day :lol: ) but I always eat a fruit or at least a piece of fruit before going running and I always bring water with me.
     
  13. Sugarkay

    Sugarkay New Member Full Member

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    Thank you guys - I will make sure to lose my so-called friends for their trouble :thumbsup
     
  14. MIK1000

    MIK1000 Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I'm sure it won't do u any harm because Fighters have been doing it for generations. It also saves time as u don't need to wait an hour or two for your food to digest.
     
  15. Relentless

    Relentless Obsessed with Boxing booted

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    it is harmful, and what fighters have been doing it for generation? the same ones who used to believe in running 10 miles a day and only eating steak and eggs?

    you dont need to digest your food.
     


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