True or False:
It’s fine to work out first and fuel up later?
False. It’s a common training habit to get up in the morning and go for a run or work out, then eat afterwards.
If you work out when your blood sugar is low, you can end up breaking down your muscles that you were trying to train. The quick science is that your body and brain need the fuel from your food to function first.
When your body breaks down carbohydrates into sugars it can be immediately used, stored in the liver or the muscles, or stored as fat. Without this valuable glucose, the body releases cortisol, which breaks down your muscles and bone. Your muscles end up paying the price.
If your goal is to become stronger, eat first, about an hour before your workout or run. Just a simple serving of fresh fruit or vegetables can provide enough energy to sustain your workout and muscles.
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