Experts have been touting the benefits of exercising on an empty stomach for years. But a pre-workout bowl of porridge may be a better option

In recent years, trainers and celebrities have bought into the trend for “fasted” gym sessions – skipping breakfast when hitting the treadmill before work, particularly when the primary exercise goal is weight loss.

The rationale behind exercising on an empty stomach is that your blood sugar and glycogen levels fall when you fast. In theory, exercising in this state should force your body into a ketogenic state where, having exhausted carbohydrate reserves, it starts to burn fat.

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