So, I am on a cutting diet and I tro to do HIIT for 20-40 min about 3-4 x week which leaves me spent after.
I also do pretty hard/fast walking up and down steep hills at a brisk (4 mph) pace for about 60 minutes a few x week.
I am wondering if HIIT and or walking w sprints/running up hills etc require post workout meals to stop catabolism from starting. If so, what should I drink or eat?
Please keep in mind I am trying to lose fat. I am still lifting but not interested in gaining mass but don’t really understand where the catabolic state will take effect - from my largest mass? (legs? all over?)
I am 42 yo
15% BF trying to get down to 9-10% BF.
Thanks - And is doing cardio on empty stomach REALLY a difference maker? I do it after a physical job so I am hungry and want some energy but also don’t want to be stuffed/bloated from a big drink.