Many of us think of a toned figure when it comes to stomach muscles. Of course, a fat-free and muscled stomach allows you to have a nice figure. But stomach muscles are so much more than that. Because the stomach area is right at the center of our body. While sitting or standing or in any other positions, we use this part of our body. Doing stomach exercises ensures an harmony in the functioning of your waist, hip, stomach and pelvic muscles. This way you can avoid back pains and sagging and correct your body posture. Not only we become stronger and balanced we also start doing the exercises more efficiently. So when and how we should exercise for a fat-free or muscled stomach? Now let’s have a deeper look into this question...
Should we exercise with an empty or full stomach?
Lately many experts recommend to exercise with an empty stomach. But is this really advantageous? It is as a matter of fact, but exercising with an empty stomach and full stomach also have their own advantages. So it’s better to offer a comparison of both cases. First of all, let’s start with fat burning.
You blood sugar will quickly decrease when you exercise with an empty stomach. With the rapid decrease in blood sugar, your body will turn to either proteins or fats as a source of energy. If the person is free of stress both physically and mentally, the body will slowly begin to use the fats stored in the stomach area or the general body fats as its source of energy. But you should not forget that your body would be focused on quick energy sources at this stage. Your body can decide to take its energy from the quickly burned proteins rather than the slowly burned fats. In other words, it can use the proteins found in muscles as its source of energy. And this would cause muscle breakdown. On the other hand, when you exercise with a full stomach your body will start burning both its stored proteins and fats. This way there won’t be any use of the proteins from muscles but the fat burning will be limited.
However you can exercise with an empty stomach when you are doing cardio workouts, in other words, effortless and short exercises. That’s because your body won’t require any urgent energy use during short cardio workouts. In such exercises, the lack of urgent energy need will make your body to allow for your metabolism to work. This means fat burning will come into play. But remember that you need a full stomach before you step into heavy and long resistance exercises.
As a result, we can tell you that working your stomach muscles or doing cardio workouts before you eat anything in the morning will have visible effects on your fat burning process. This can help you lose weight fast. But while doing it if you ever feel yourself under intense physical and emotional stress then something may be wrong. In addition, if you are on an intensive exercise routine and performance matters to you and you don’t want to lose excessive amount of muscles then it would be better for you to workout with a full stomach.
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