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Cardio Question


#1

I had my ways set in using HIIT for cardio first thing but after a small protein shake (no carbs). This has worked quite well. However many of the writers around here propose the old low intensity on an empty stomach. I was just wondering what everybody elses thoughts were?


#2

First, honestly, the reason there is so much debate on this topic is because there are too many different variables from person to person. I have tried long (moderate, not low) intensity cardio and it worked for me. Over the usual course of about 3-4 months, I could get much leaner. I would also lose some size during the process, but not so much that it made dieting look like a failed practice.

I have also tried high intensity cardio for longer periods and lost more muscle mass in the long run.

I am trying combining (moderate) intensity cardio with HIIT now and it seems to be working for me. My average cardio in a week is about 4-5 times right now. That is about to increase, probably starting today. Over the last 3 weeks, I have dropped about 2% body fat and my lean body mass (which I thought was dropping fast) was easily added back on during a cheat day so it was obviously mostly water weight lost.

It also depends on where you are in development. I see many people on this forum more concerned with being lean than carrying any size at all. Your approach is based on your goals.