[quote]The Mighty Stu wrote:
-Fasted? Never unless you wanna lose muscle and lower your BMR
Stu - I’m sure this has been beaten to death on these boards but I thought this was common with competitors? I don’t have inside info, but always thought that fasted AM cardio was kind of a normal thing. Are you saying ‘never’ for contest prep or “never-ever-ever” like even if someone isn’t “dieting” per se but just trying to minimize fat gain (cough).
If “never-ever”, then in your opinion, what’s an effective first-thing AM cardio routine, at least in terms of eating so not fasted?[/quote]
Sorry if I confused anyone, didn’t wanna get into writing a whole how-to-contest-prep on here -lol (I figured my past threads leave enough breadcrumbs!)
Anything completely fasted can be an issue, especially when you’re talking about higher intensity work. As such, you won’t find any decent coach suggesting doing fasted interval work.
When we’re talking about short bouts of steady state, you’re really not going to do anything horrible, in fact having a nice 20 min stroll before breakfast might just improve your insulin sensitivity throughout the rest of the day if you’re lucky. But knocking out a 60 min session on a truly empty stomach? I wouldn’t suggest it. And “fasted” doesn’t always really mean “nothing”. You have a lot of coaches who refer to fasted, or morning cardio, but definitely want you to throw down some BCAAs, or get a hit of caffeine.
Hope that helps!