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I’m confused about whether I should eat before exercising or not. Will working out ‘fasted’ in the morning help me lose fat?

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Whether you eat a meal, snack, or nothing at all before working out is down to personal preference.
Whether you eat a meal, snack, or nothing at all before working out is down to personal preference.

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  • When it comes to fat loss, studies show that whether you eat before a morning workout or not is irrelevant — what matters is staying in a calorie deficit overall.

  • Having some food before exercise might give you more energy to work harder and thus expend more energy.

  • Ultimately it’s personal preference — there’s no one best routine for everyone, and training “fasted” doesn’t speed up fat loss.

  • If you decide to eat before working out, registered dietitian Shana Spence recommends you aim to eat some protein and carbs, and give yourself time to digest.

  • Read more Working It Out here.

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Dear Rachel,

I’m trying to lose fat and like working out in the morning, but am confused

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