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Is Jogging on an Empty Stomach Healthy?

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Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.
Is Jogging on an Empty Stomach Healthy?
A light snack before your jog prevents you from stopping prematurely. Photo Credit: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Gather a dozen joggers together and ask whether they believe it's healthy to jog on an empty stomach, and you'll likely find the group split right down the middle. While staying away from meals or snacks in the hours leading up to your jog won't likely cause you harm, the consensus among many health experts is that fueling your body with the right food before your workout is the healthiest choice.

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Pre-Jog Snacking is Best

If you jog on an empty stomach, it's possible that you'll experience fatigue and cut your jog short -- which will only harm your effort to burn calories. Although some people exercise on an empty stomach with the intention of burning fat quicker, this belief isn't necessarily true. In an article in "The New York Times," Dr. David Prince notes that exercising without eating forces your body to pull energy from its carbohydrate and protein stores before it uses fat. Instead of facing this situation, you're better off to consume a light snack rich in carbohydrates and protein about an hour before your jog. Examples of suitable snacks include a banana and peanut butter or yogurt and granola.

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