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Sleep or Fasted Cardio?

Hey Thibs, wanting your opinion here.

-With my job and schedule, Im in bed by 1130ish-12am (not falling asleep, but in bed) To do fasted cardio and make it to work on time, I get up at 5:30am. I do fasted sprints on Mon, Weds, and Fri, an incline walk on Tues, and the eliptical on Thurs.

-Weights are 6 days a week, Tues-Sun, Monday off (But monday is a double cardio day, am and pm sessions)

-Question is, I feel myself starting to get spread thin. Im getting on average 4-5hrs sleep a night…would I be more benifical to sleep till 7am, and do a cardio session post weights in the pm?

-I clocked in at 222.5 last saturday (3/16/13) I dont follow a carb up protocol per say, just hit clean carbs before bed when I feel necessary. Typically every 5-7 days.

-Cals are roughly 1800-2200 a day, depending how I feel. I eat when my body says eat. Macros are roughly 300g protein, 40-70 grams of fat, 30-50g of carbs.

-Any other info you need let me know! Any input would be appreciated!

Sounds like you are basically doing everything I DON’T believe in.

Any form of completely fasted physical activity is a bad idea. It can lead to muscle loss and a catabolic hormonal profile which will make fat loss and building muscle harder. Furthermore, recent studies have shown that fasted cardio led to a lower total caloric expenditure over the whole day when compared to the same protocol in a fed state (either via slowed metabolism or being less active due to fatigue).

…and THAT, is music to my ears brother! Sleeping in, and tagging on cardio to the end of my lifts then!

Btw, I whole heartedly appreciate you taking the time to answer!

Lyle McD agrees with CT:

“But for folks who aren?t that lean yet, the folks in the middle range of body fat levels, it really doesn?t matter. The best time to do cardio will be whenever it will most consistently get done. If that?s first thing in the morning, fantastic. If not, also fantastic. It?s more important in this situation that it gets done than when it gets done.”

[quote]PB Andy wrote:
Lyle McD agrees with CT:

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I’ll mark the day that it happened!!!

[quote]Christian Thibaudeau wrote:

[quote]PB Andy wrote:
Lyle McD agrees with CT:

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I’ll mark the day that it happened!!![/quote]
LOL! and let’s end it at that!

[quote]PB Andy wrote:

[quote]Christian Thibaudeau wrote:

[quote]PB Andy wrote:
Lyle McD agrees with CT:

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I’ll mark the day that it happened!!![/quote]
LOL! and let’s end it at that![/quote]

I will LOL as well. Lyle appears to be a very bright guy with some good critical thinking skills. But he is also a huge opinionated a$$hole. I remember reading the Lyle vs. CT stuff and I didn’t care for Lyle’s comments at all.

Didn’t mean to bring that up; just wanted to say that I never believed Lyle’s accusations.

[quote]MikeTheBear wrote:

[quote]PB Andy wrote:

[quote]Christian Thibaudeau wrote:

[quote]PB Andy wrote:
Lyle McD agrees with CT:

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I’ll mark the day that it happened!!![/quote]
LOL! and let’s end it at that![/quote]

I will LOL as well. Lyle appears to be a very bright guy with some good critical thinking skills. But he is also a huge opinionated a$$hole. I remember reading the Lyle vs. CT stuff and I didn’t care for Lyle’s comments at all.

Didn’t mean to bring that up; just wanted to say that I never believed Lyle’s accusations.[/quote]

You should read the comments in Bret C’s latest blog post! Absolute clown

[quote]EClay wrote:

[quote]MikeTheBear wrote:

[quote]PB Andy wrote:

[quote]Christian Thibaudeau wrote:

[quote]PB Andy wrote:
Lyle McD agrees with CT:

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I’ll mark the day that it happened!!![/quote]
LOL! and let’s end it at that![/quote]

I will LOL as well. Lyle appears to be a very bright guy with some good critical thinking skills. But he is also a huge opinionated a$$hole. I remember reading the Lyle vs. CT stuff and I didn’t care for Lyle’s comments at all.

Didn’t mean to bring that up; just wanted to say that I never believed Lyle’s accusations.[/quote]

You should read the comments in Bret C’s latest blog post! Absolute clown
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It got boring very quickly.

It’s a shame. When Lyle supports his contentions with some facts and analysis, his conclusions are good.

He had a very good article about why EPOC wasn’t all that it was claimed to be. Heck, I do the same thing. When all these Internet trainers started promoting their “Tabata bodyweight exercise programs” I knew right away it was BS. Why? Because I had read the study and could figure out that doing a bodyweight exercise would not elicit the intensity required for a true Tabata workout. I criticized after I gathered the evidence. What Lyle did to CT, and now Bret, is make baseless accusations based on his opinion.

It’s a shame because Lyle could have made some good contributions.