The past week I have implemented fasted cardio into my morning routine. Fasted cardio is still pretty new to me which is why I wanted to research and write a small article about it. As with any kind of fitness and exercise what works for one person might not work for another. You won’t know if it works for you unless you try, right?
So, what is fasted cardio?
Fasted cardio is simply cardio that is performed in the morning right after you wake up on an empty stomach. The goal here is for your body to use its fat stores as energy instead of food as energy just like f you were to perform cardio after a meal.
Studies have shown that fasted cardio can promote greater fat loss when performed properly.
What you should know:
- Fasted cardio is proven to target stubborn body fat stores.
- Fasted cardio is heavily dependent on your diet.
- This form of cardio should be kept to a moderate intensity to avoid the loss of lean muscle mass.
- If you are concerned about losing lean muscle mass, supplement with 5 – 10 grams of branched chain amino acids or a scoop of whey protein before your cardio session.
- Supplementing with yohimbe or caffeine will improve your overall results during fasted cardio.
- Fasted cardio, when performed at a low – moderate intensity, is safe to perform daily.
- When deciding if you should or shouldn’t incorporate fasted cardio into your fitness regimen, assess what your overall fitness goals are. Before starting fasted cardio, make sure that your diet is in check. If you start fasted cardio and your diet is off … you more than likely won’t get the results you’re looking for.
Hopefully this information will help you decide whether or not fasted cardio is right for you. If you don’t think this type of cardio is for you check out my other blog post on other types of cardio!
Has anyone ever performed fasted cardio?
If you have, please share what you think about it!
Does it work for you? What do you like or dislike about it?