Skip to content
FREE SHIPPING on Orders Over $69!
FREE SHIPPING on Orders Over $69!
Man Pushup Exercise Workout Strong

Working Out on an Empty Stomach May Help Burn More Fat

Many people are unsure if they should eat before exercising or if they should fast. A recent study suggests that the answer is fasting, if you want to burn more fat.


Participants in the study included ten healthy but overweight men. For the first test, all of the men walked for 60 minutes at 60% maximum oxygen consumption on an empty stomach. For the second test, they performed the same walk two hours after consuming a high-calorie, carbohydrate-rich breakfast. The researchers took blood samples after eating or fasting and also after exercising. They also collected adipose tissue samples both immediately before and one hour after walking.


At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted that the expression of the genes PDK4 and HSL increased when the men fasted and exercised. In comparison, the genes decreased when they ate and then exercised. This likely indicates that the men’s bodies were using stored fat for metabolism when they exercised on an empty stomach, versus using the carbohydrates they consumed when they exercised after eating.


Researchers from the University of Bath in the UK conducted the study. It was published on March 14, 2017, in the American Journal of Physiology.


Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health. Previous clinical studies suggest that even moderate exercise may help with blood sugar control, reduce body weight, improve heart health, improve respiratory health and reduce the risk of dying prematurely.

Previous article Vitamin C Deficiency May Have Negative Effect on Cognitive Function

Related Posts

High Fructose Corn Syrup May Adversely Affect Liver Health
High Fructose Corn Syrup May Adversely Affect L...
High-fructose corn syrup is a liquid sweetener made from corn that is us...
Read More
Walking For Exercise May Help Alleviate Knee Discomfort
Walking For Exercise May Help Alleviate Knee Di...
Walking for exercise can provide cardiovascular health benefits and help...
Read More
Higher Levels of DHA Associated With Reduced Risk of Cognitive Impairment
Higher Levels of DHA Associated With Reduced Ri...
DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid found in cold water, fatty fish such as sal...
Read More
Stay up to date with Health News you can use!
×