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“Bonking,” or experiencing reduced energy due to low blood sugar, is another potential effect of skipping meals that can be particularly dangerous for people with diabetes. Signs of bonking include dizziness, nausea, and shakiness, says Goergen.
Glucose feeds your cells while you're exercising, but without fuel from food, the body begins burning fats to create glucose, causing acids called ketones to accumulate in the body. “Your muscles may experience fatigue during physical activity simply because your body has run out of energy from its usual energy source,” says Goergen, explaining that this process is called ketosis.
More important, if you take diabetes medication that is meant to help lower your blood glucose levels, but you don't fuel your body with carbohydrates to provide that glucose, you may become hypoglycemic. Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, can lead to dizziness, shaking, blurred vision, headache, confusion, and nausea during your workout. If left untreated, hypoglycemia can be life-threatening, Goergen says.
Prevent low blood sugar by eating a little something before your workout, such as a small banana or pressed fruit bar, recommends Stefanski. “Sometimes planning a workout about 60 minutes after a meal can be a good way to keep blood sugar stable, have good energy, and not have to add extra food into the day just for the workout,” she says.
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