You have probably heard one of your favorite fitness pages refer to doing fasted cardio or cardiovascular exercises, but do you really know what it is? Fasted cardio is amazing and it is one way to increase your bodies fat burning potential. Fasted cardio is performing some type of cardiovascular exercise first thing in the morning, before devouring your usual breakfast meal, you’ll head straight for the gym and get in a good 30-45 minutes of cardio first.
By doing fasted cardio , your body turns directly to your body fat stores for energy rather than utilizing the current glucose or sugar in the system as you would be doing had you had something to eat prior to doing the session.
- Research has also shown that fasted cardio increases the efficiency of lipolysis ( burning of fat) by 20% more compared to doing cardio in a fed state. Although in both cases one’s metabolic rate will be revved up for the next 24 hours, more stored fat will be burned when doing cardio in a fasted state.
- Whether you do cardio in a fasted or fed state, the calories burned will essentially be the same. The difference between the two is where your body will get its energy from. If you do your cardio in a fasted state the body will break down stored fats in order to fuel the work out. In this situation, your insulin level is low and will not interfere with lipolysis(fat burning process), thus allowing you to access and burn more stored body fat for fuel.
Steps to Performing Fasted Cardio
- Perform some form of cardiovascular exercise within a hour of waking up
- Feed your body within 30 minutes after your cardio session.
If fat burning is your goal than fasted cardio will help you get to it much faster. I do 45 minutes of fasted cardio, try it.
Fasted cardio is not needed for everyone, but if you are trying to maximize your fat burning potential, fasted cardio is a great way to start.
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