The debate goes back and forth on whether exercising on an empty stomach improves fat loss or not.
20 years ago, I would do HARD workouts in the AM on an empty stomach, because I thought it would help me burn fat faster.
Problem was, I was doing it wrong. I’d end up feeling dizzy and sick … and apparently – based on current research, and what I know now – not even doing a lot for burning fat!
Now, if I would have been doing the RIGHT exercises for fat loss, it would have made a huge difference. Because there’s been some recent research that’s come through backing the ‘exercise on an empty stomach’ theory.
Now I do 5 or 10 mins of exercise every morning to start my day, and I believe that it’s one of the most important things I do for my physical and mental health. I rarely miss doing it.
The two most important points about exercising on an empty stomach are:
1) Improves your insulin sensitivity.
Your body releases insulin every time you eat to help absorb the nutrients from your food. The hormone then takes the sugars out of your bloodstream and directs them to your liver, muscles, and fat cells to be used as energy later on.
The problem is, eating too much food and too often can make you more resistant to insulin’s effects. And while poor insulin sensitivity can increase your risk of heart disease and cancer, it also makes it harder to lose belly fat.
If you exercise in the morning after eating breakfast, it may be harder to burn fat, as your body is producing insulin after eating.
2) One of your TOP fat-burning hormones is called Growth Hormone.
The problem is, once you reach 30 years of age, production of this hormone rapidly declines.
That’s a problem, because when this hormone is present in your body, it attaches to your fat cells and literally SHRINKS them.
And it directly reduces your visceral belly fat, which is the most dangerous type of fat on your body, causing a multitude of diseases like heart disease and more.
However, when it comes to insulin and growth hormone, your body can only produce one at a time. So if you eat first thing in the morning, growth hormone production comes to a screeching halt, and insulin takes over to absorb the nutrients from your food.
If you exercise on an empty stomach, even if it’s just 4 minutes long, your body will not only continue to produce fat-burning growth hormone, but production will
SKYROCKET because of the short bout of intense exercise.
Here’s the main point….
Do what works BEST for you. If exercising on an empty stomach makes you miserable, then don’t do it. Having some fruit or eggs before your workout obviously isn’t going to ruin your results…just stay away from the cereal, bagels, and muffins.
But if you’re looking for a powerful extra edge, and can handle pushing breakfast back a few hours, or skipping it entirely, then give this a shot for two weeks and see how it goes.
Okay, on to the 5-Minute Morning Burn routine…
This is super-short and designed to jack up your growth hormones, making it EASIER for you to burn belly fat throughout the rest of the day….
5 Minute “Morning Burn“
– Jump Rope or Fake Jump Rope Jumps – 2 minutes
– Dive Bomber Pushups – As many reps as possible in 1 minute
– Clock Lunges (GET LOW!) – 1 minute
And if you have a little extra time, you can repeat this 2x for a total of 3 rounds.
Now, if you want 28 days worth of Morning Burn routines that will dramatically increase your growth hormone output to melt away belly fat faster….
So if you want to burn some extra fat first thing in the morning, grab these at the low price while it’s still fresh in your mind, okay?
Train hard, and talk soon –
– Forest Vance, MS, RKC II, PCC