Ignore those hunger pangs and grab your running shoes…
WHEN it comes to hitting the gym, we’re always to told to fuel up on a substantial meal beforehand. Right?
Well now it now turns out that eating after you’ve broken a serious sweat could actually help you reach your weight loss goals…
Fasting for short, cardio work-outs actually promotes weight loss
What is a fasted gym session?
Aptly named a “fasted workout”, this new weight loss regime has turned conventional exercise prep on its head.
Because while most of us will gravitate crave all the carbs before hitting the gym, fasted workout followers instead choose to exercise on an empty stomach.
Rather than relying on your breakfast for energy, the fasted body is forced to break down the body’s fast stores for fuel.
Although a divisive topic, completing moderate-intensity cardio workouts while fasting helps promote steady weight loss as well as lowering the metabolism.
To make the most of your fasted workout, head out for a run at the beginning of the day
However, fasted workouts are at their most effective when done in the morning before you’ve consumed anything that day.
Sports dietitian Jessica Spendlove told the Huffington Post that “morning fasted sessions are the most common and most preferred and convenient time to do a fasted workout.”
Exercising on an empty stomach for under 60 minutes can help you shift those stubborn lbs
After all, “if you train the evening and you haven’t consumed anything since the morning, that could also constitute a fasted workout but it would be very difficult.”
In other words, not eating all-day and then trying to workout is only going to make your body weaker, not stronger.
Will it help you lose weight?
While it might seem counter-intuitive to eat after you’ve finished your exercise routine, working out on an empty stomach can actually promote weight loss.
Fasted workouts are best for moderate intensity workouts
According to Greatist, fasted workouts “trigger a cascade of hormonal changes throughout the body that are surprisingly conducive to both building muscle and burning fat.”
On the one hand, exercising on an empty stomach helps regulate the body’s insulin levels (which makes it easier to lose fat).
On the other, it also increases the amount of testosterone and growth hormone running through the body which boost energy levels for a more effective work-out.
Is it safe?
But before you ditch the pre-workout banana for good, it’s important to strike a fasted workout balance.
According to expert Jessica Spendlove, “if you’re going out for a short morning run or doing 40-50 minutes at a steady pace, then you can do this fasted easily.”
However, if you’re planning on a long and high-intensity session then fasting is only going to do more harm than good and potentially break down your body’s muscle.
Avocado and eggs on toast is the ideal post-fasted work out breakfast
Additionally, you’ve completed your fasted cardio workout, it’s crucial to refuel within half an hour.
Wholegrain bread, fruit and protein also helps your body recover in the immediate aftermath of your workout.
In other words, it’s time to swap that post-gym shower for some eggs on toast pronto.