No, Exercising On an Empty Stomach Doesn’t Make You Lose More Weight

Exercise is inherently linked to less food intake, possible related to less responsiveness to food cues (as behaviours do not change).

In otherwise healthy normal weight males, running for an hour on a treadmill at 70% VO2 max compared to either fasted or after a standardized test meal (30% daily energy intake and mostly carbohydrate) noted that fed exercise suppressed appetite to a greater degree than fasted (both more effective than control) but there was no significant differences in whole-day food intake.

Source: Is It Better to Do Aerobic Exercise Fasted?

Dammit.  There’s certainly a risk in “reward” eating after exercising through fasting.  But part of my motivation for exercising while fasting was about poor timing – too little time to fuel before doing something, which could make things uncomfortable and regurgitated.  It’s up to you to figure what works for you, just do it for the right reasons.

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The Surprising Link Between Skipping Meals and Belly Fat

You’ve heard it before, and probably more than once: It’s not a good idea to skip meals. But while dietitians (and your mom) have given that advice for years, there hasn’t been a lot of science that explains why it’s so bad for you — until now.

Source: The Surprising Link Between Skipping Meals and Belly Fat

In truth, it’s not specifically belly fat that you risk accumulating.  There’s no such thing as gaining weight in a particular area.  Weight, loss or gain, is noticeable in the face, arms, legs…

How to Free Yourself from Food Cravings with Intermittent Fasting

Fasting for weight loss might sound as silly as drinking water for thirst, but it’s not exactly the same thing. Let’s look at a special kind of fasting, called intermittent fasting (or IF), that can be a powerful tool on your fitness journey.

Source: How to Free Yourself from Food Cravings with Intermittent Fasting

I would say IF has become a buzzword, and the hype around it has been inflated over the mild benefits. Much like any other fad diet, if you can be hungry for a while but not eat, you lose weight! It works for some people who just go hungry, but likely will result in poor long term weight loss like most fad diets.

Top 10 Simple Weight Loss Hacks You Can Implement Right Now

Weight loss isn’t easy (if it were, we wouldn’t have a billion different diet plans and products to waste our money on). But even the smallest weight loss tricks or mind hacks can make a big difference when it comes to sticking to your diet or weight loss plan. Here are 10 such tricks you can easily incorporate today.

Source: Top 10 Simple Weight Loss Hacks You Can Implement Right Now

Drink more water?  There are some things to consider about what some would suggest is the proper amount of water to be drinking.  But substituting water for other beverages would be a good idea, and likely cheaper…

The plating idea is interesting, but I fear most will think they have to buy new stuff to make it work.

Alcohol is empty calories.  Lots are very surprised how much weight they drop when they minimize how much beer/etc they consume.

As always, figure out what works for you.

Create a Custom Weight Loss Meal Plan in Four Steps

Fat loss, dieting, getting shredded, leaning out, weight loss — whatever you want to call it, it’s all the same end-result. More muscle, less fat, better definition is what we all want.

One question I get all the time is “can you give me a meal plan for weight loss?” And to that, I always respond with a ‘no’ for two reasons:

  • It’s technically illegal for me to give someone a fully-detailed weight loss meal plan because I’m not a registered dietician.
  • It doesn’t actually teach you anything. (Like, why go through the trouble and frustration that can be this physique-building journey and not actually learn anything?)

Today we’re talking all about weight loss. Meal plans, just like any other time you need a plan, are pertinent to your success when it comes to losing fat, getting lean, and staying that way.

Source: How To Build Your Weight Loss Meal Plans And Make Losing Fat Easier On Yourself

The article is quite comprehensive – it’s not a quick read.

The whole conversation around weight loss and diet is nuanced, complicated, and not easily parsed. All you’ll get are personal testimonials and I’ve discovered that the only thing that’s worked for me is to figure out what worked for me.  But I keep compiling the various articles to glean what I can from them to improve.

How to Lose Weight Without Counting Calories

Fat loss relies on one thing: eating fewer calories than you expend. But nobody wants to sit and count calories all day. Most people can learn to track them successfully, but some might need a different strategy altogether. If tracking has given you a headache in the past, consider giving this a try.

Source: How to Lose Weight Without Counting Calories

Worth a read – the author responded in the comments about “intermittent fasting also as a non-calorie-counting dieting method… particularly for women”.

Health Benefits Of Diet And Exercise May Be Chemically/Lazily Obtainable

Dieting or hitting the treadmill no fun? You might be able to enjoy one of the health benefits without the hassle.

Exercising hard or not eating for a while can alter the immune system’s behaviour, suppressing some types of inflammatory response. That, in turn, seems to protect against Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and autoimmune conditions. But what triggers the change in the immune response has not been clear.

Source: No need to starve to get fasting’s immune benefits

While it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to chemically obtain the health benefits of dieting and working out anytime soon, the research is nudging us in that direction. Until then you’re still going to have to exercise… 😉