Transcript for Skipping breakfast before a workout could help you shed pounds
We turn to a "Gma" health alert. A new study saying that skipping breakfast before working out may help burn fat. We have Dr. Jennifer Ashton. I'm hungry already. You talk about no food before you work out? Reserve judgment. This is a very small study and they looked at 30 overweight men fasting for ten hours. Fed one group, and not the other before a moderate intensity workout, and their findings were interesting. While neither group lost weight, they found that the group that was fasting before their workout and did not eat had some beneficial changes in their sugar metabolism and in their fat metabolism. This is a very complex issue in the world of exercise physiology. So more research needs to be done. You do have a degree in nutrition, so what are some of the downsides? First of all, there are a lot of questions here. So the smart comments are to ask the right questions instead of state blanket facts. How long are you fasting? Is it 10 hours, 14 hours? Is it longer than that? How long are you exercising for, and what type of exercise you're doing. A 45-minute workout, you'll be fine. An hour and 45, no. To be crystal clear in this most simplistic terms, if you don't have carbohydrates or glucose in your bloodstream before strenuous activity, your body will turn to muscle and fat breakdown for the fuel. What do you typically recommend to eat or drink before you work out? Liquids, not eating and something light that doesn't upset your stomach. I'm going to be going right to that chocolate chip cookie. Is that a carb? Yeah, it's a carb. Breakfast of champions. Everybody, carb load. Eat your
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