Saturday, May 7, 2016

The Fasted Workout

I try not to get too technical about my training, but one workout that has become a major part of my overall strategy this year is the "Fasted Workout."

How does it work? Its quite simple. First thing in the morning when you wake up, and without consuming any calories (and especially no carbs) do 30 minutes or so of your favorite kind of cardio. For me this usually means hopping on my indoor cycle (read review), with a bottle of water or unsweetened iced tea close by, and peddling until its time to get ready for work.

The theory goes, that after eight hours in the sack, and perhaps even longer since your last meal, your fasted body should be more efficiently using your fat stores for its energy (much like what happens after 90 minutes into any typical workout) needs, than if you'd just topped off your tank with a meal.

A (longer) easy workout is fine and will help burn some fat, or you can bump up the intensity and keep burning fat at an accelerated rate for the rest of the morning.

I usually follow up my morning spinning session with a whey protein shake to begin muscle repair and keep the metabolism cranking, as I head out the door for the day. Once I start feeling hungry I'll start grazing on things like hard boiled eggstuna, or even a Cliff Builders Bars until its time head out for an afternoon trail run.

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