A lot of people do cardio on an empty stomach thinking it produces better fat loss. It doesn’t. I never believed in it.
A few years ago I showed results from a study proving that it’s no more effective than fed cardio. In fact, it’s LESS EFFECTIVE at producing fat loss. The researchers concluded,
“…that when moderate endurance exercise is done to lose body fat, fasting before exercise does not enhance lipid utilization; rather, physical activity after a light meal is advisable.”
So when you want to burn as much body fat as possible, do cardio some time after eating.
But it gets worse for FASTED CARDIO lovers…It causes MUSCLE LOSS!
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When people are cutting they make all sorts of dumb mistakes and end up losing muscle:
- They don’t get enough protein to preserve their muscle mass.
- They cut calories too low too fast, so the body breaks down muscle for energy
- They do way too much muscle-wasting cardio
- They do cardio at the wrong time (like in a fasted state)
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FASTED CARDIO & MUSCLE LOSS
In the morning, our cortisol levels are naturally elevated. This hormone wakes us up. But cortisol is also a catabolic hormone (a muscle “break-down” hormone).
If that wasn’t bad enough, if we do cardio in this state, we can really sky-rocket coritsol levels. You can easily start breaking down muscle tissue for energy at this time – not just body fat.
Additionally, with such high levels, and the fact that you’re in a calorie-deficit, you might not be able to bring those cortisol levels back down to normal all day…yes you can be in a catabolic state (muscle-wasting) state all day long! And many people are! That’s why so many people lose muscle when cutting.
Bottom line is: if you’re doing cardio, do it in a fed state. If in the morning, after a light breakfast. Or if pairing it with weight training, do it AFTER weight training and never before ~ Mark McManus (you can ask me any questions below).
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