August 12, 2010
When's the Best Time to Exercise?
Here's a question I got from Bob that seems to perplex many of my customers.
Can you answer a question for me? Do you exercise before or after breakfast, in other words, should we eat before exercising, or afterwards?
Thank you, Bob
Thanks for your question Bob.
Personally, I always strive to exercise on an empty stomach. You'll ALWAYS be at your strongest on an empty stomach.
Digesting food takes up an incredible amount of energy. Especially if you eat a typical cooked food and miscombined breakfast that most people in the US and around the world eat.
I think the perception or problem some people have about exercising on an empty stomach is feeling they're not going to have enough energy to exercise because they didn't eat.
That's just a fallacy.
When you eat you don't eat energy, you consume fuel. You're body then needs to convert the fuel into energy. This happens mostly at night when you're sleeping.
Though fruit is the easiest food to digest and can also supply a rather quick energy boost.
But if you simply eat enough in the way of simple carbohydrates coming mostly from raw fruit your body will have a large tank full of ready to use and long lasting energy.
Most people don't understand that the body can't even use complex carbohydrates (starchy foods like bread and pasta) as fuel. The body has to break them down into simple carbohydrates first.
Anyone eating complex carbs for sustained energy is just fooling themselves. It doesn't work that way at all. I know because I used to be a staunch believer in that myth.
This breaking down process is an incredible waste of energy (and fuel) and not something you experience when you eat raw fruits as your main carbohydrate source.
I sometimes won't eat for 6 or 7 hours after waking up because I know that I want to do a workout, but I'm getting some other work done first. But usually I wait two or three hours after waking before I even do my workout.
Today is going to be at least 3.5 hours before I eat.
Unless you're doing an intense workout lasting into the hour long range or so, you really just won't need to be refueling during your workout.
Again that's assuming you eat enough in the way of carbohydrates or that your body converts enough of the other foods into carbohydrates for you.
Of course, some people feel they can be great athletes while eating a high phat diet and burning phat instead of carbohydrates for their primary fuel. But that will never work for high speed or fast muscle twitch kind of exercises.
For instance I've never heard of any Olympic sprinters who are on a low carb diet. (Let me know if you do.)
If you participate in any sports besides golf and bowling, you're going to want to get your carbohydrate levels up to the FULL line.
And that's best done by the way, while eating an Optimal Raw Food Diet which is also happens to be the ultimate diet for athletes.
You get nutrient breakdown something like this: At least 75% of calories from carbohydrates (simple - not starchy), no more than 10% of calories from protein (actually amino acids) and no more than 15% of calories coming from fat.
That will supply you all of the carbs you need so that you can exercise intensely or not so intensely for a very long time.
So when's the best time to exercise?
Anytime you can do it on an empty stomach. I usually prefer the mornings. Always try to find your highest energy time of day and then exercise at that time on an empty stomach.
Some people won't be able to exercise until the evening. I had to do that back when I first started my exercise routine in the early 1990's. And that's fine, just exercise before dinner.
Thanks for the question Bob, and if you have a fitness or blubber reducing question then please feel free to email it to me. I may just answer it in an email to my list.
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The Youth Restorer
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