While many people believe that it is best to eat before exercising (and digesting before exercising), there are some surprising plus sides to exercising while you have an empty stomach, says The Huffington Post. Since everyone’s body is different, today we will talk about why you should try it out to see if it works for you.
Why do we want more insulin? Most people associate insulin with diabetes, and while it is a hormone that diabetics need to inject, the human body also produces insulin of its own to aid in the absorption of nutrients and minerals from our food.
When you exercise on an empty stomach, more insulin is produced, which helps to remove sugar from the bloodstream and send it to the liver, muscles, and fat cells to store it to use as energy later. When you have food in your stomach before exercising, the effects of the insulin in your body tends to be reduced and this means that you lose less fat and burn off less of it during exercise.
An empty stomach combined with exercise will be beneficial, since the body will have more insulin to process the sugars, while there is less food to be processed. It is easier to burn off fat and blood will flow more quickly through the body.
Natural Growth Hormones (GH) and Testosterone
We aren’t talking about artificial hormones here. When you don’t eat for a while, your body will be more likely to gain muscle and lose fat from your exercise regimen. According to one study of GH in the human body, an empty stomach can help to boost the body’s GH production levels quite significantly.
When you combine an empty stomach with exercise, you will have an increased amount of insulin to process sugars and fats in the body, as well as more GH that aids in the creation of new muscles, fat burning, healthier bones, and improved blood flow.
While women may feel that they don’t want extra testosterone in their bodies, it is this hormone that helps to increase muscle mass and helps you to lose body fat. When GH is produced by the body during exercise, the levels of testosterone are also slightly elevated to improve energy levels, increase libido, and fight heart problems by making blood circulation more effective.
Exercising hungry may give you benefits that are long lasting. Try it for yourself today.