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    Quote Originally Posted by MuscleRocker View Post
    Not only is it easier to run on an empty stomach, doing cardio in the AM is great for those of us who will be reluctant to do it later in the day. I hate cardio, so I like to get it over with first thing. If you MUST have something to eat beforehand, I would suggest just a protein shake.
    I couldnt agree with you anymore on that!

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    Short duration (<=20 min) HIIT cardio seems to work quite well without adversely affecting muscle tissue. A protein shake with some carbs and a little fat really seems to help with the body recomp as well.
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    after read all this articles, i am still a little confused(sorry, my first langue is not english)
    i plan to do a cardio on a empty stomach tomorrow around 70%HR 50-60 mins,
    i will sip some BCAA before and during cardio.is that ok?
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    Yes BCAAs before and during are good. If you can get Leucine only, that is even better since won't be burned for food, Isoleucine and Valine can be burned for fuel and you won't get their benefit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waimoku View Post
    Yes BCAAs before and during are good. If you can get Leucine only, that is even better since won't be burned for food, Isoleucine and Valine can be burned for fuel and you won't get their benefit.


    Do you have a reference for Leucine not being used as fuel? I've never heard that and it sounds intresting.

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    Although it is not until later on in the thread check out this discussion on BCAAs being used as fuel:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Turd Ferguson View Post
    Do you have a reference for Leucine not being used as fuel? I've never heard that and it sounds intresting.

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    I am going to start this kind of training soon. I am starting a cut in a week or so.
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    I walk to class in the mornings directly after breakfast, takes about 20-25 minutes. Ive lost a lot of fat in the past 4 weeks, but im also using eca
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    Quote Originally Posted by Variocam View Post
    I walk to class in the mornings directly after breakfast, takes about 20-25 minutes. Ive lost a lot of fat in the past 4 weeks, but im also using eca

    Good tip. i would need to look into that!!
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    I don't like to refer to it as empty stomach cardio so much as "pre-breakfast". I usually take BCAAs and then 1/2 a scoop to a scoop of protien powder, but no carbs. It has always worked for me and I'm low body fat.
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    I don't know if its the best way but it works very well for me. I have been waking up about 5:30am and jog for about 3 miles at least 3 days a week for about 2 years now and it feels great. I usually don't feel hungry till about 9am on a day I don't jog, but when I do I'm hungry almost immediately after. The rest of the day I also eat better because of my higher rate of metabolism. When I try to eat before a run I feel like it slows me down also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Awful Knawful View Post
    I don't know if its the best way but it works very well for me. I have been waking up about 5:30am and jog for about 3 miles at least 3 days a week for about 2 years now and it feels great. I usually don't feel hungry till about 9am on a day I don't jog, but when I do I'm hungry almost immediately after. The rest of the day I also eat better because of my higher rate of metabolism. When I try to eat before a run I feel like it slows me down also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Force of Green View Post
    Bro, if it makes you feel great then don't listen to what anyone else tries to tell you. Life is about living healthy and feeling great. There's nothing wrong with what you're doing.
    For sure, I agree
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    10g BCAAs (4:1:1 ratio) before will help reduce muscle catabolism and add negligible calories and requires no digestion (unlike whey).
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    Quote Originally Posted by IHateGymMorons View Post
    It's a great way to lose fat. Don't go too long, or don't be too intense, you may risk muscle mass. Take some glutamine/BCAA before if you can afford it.
    what does guletamine do for you and what are BCAA's and what do they do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by taffer View Post
    yep, HIIT mainly uses glucose as an energy source (since your going at 85+% HR) if there is no glucose in your blood, your body will turn to body-proteins!

    the advantage in HIIT is the "afterburn" the additional fat you lose by the increase in metabolism throughout the day!

    i dont know if there is anyone that would recomend HIIT on an empty stomach, furthermore if you did try it, i wouldnt imagine you would get much of a workout without any energy!
    what exactly is HIIT and why do you not reccomend it in the morning on an empty stomach? would drinking a protien shake or takikng glutamine before an early workout help prevent this?
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    High Intesity Interval Training...
    I do my cardio on an empty stomach and have been doing it for quiet sometime. I have my jug of H20 with me.... i do 30 min kickboxing>3 min box and kicks with 1 min jump rope...50 yard wind sprints walk 50 run 50 for 15 min and then Spin bike 15 min up hill for 15 min after that im ready to pass out....
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    This discussion has provided me with excellent info, at 36 my gut has grown due to military food being mostly carbs. I am trying to boost the motivational spark and this has given me a reason too. Thanks guys...
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    i cant run on an empty stomach,....i can barely walk up the stairs. i'll usually eat half a dozen or so eggs and then cardio and then either more eggs(preferably an omellette, low fat cheese, spinach leaves, mushrooms, pieces of chicken, and lots of peppers and onions) or a can of tuna, people now a days seem to almost abuse protein powder, its way overused imho!
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    I'm going to give the empty-stomach cardio a try. My question is, should I take my Leviathan Reloaded BEFORE the cardio or AFTER, then wait another 45 + minutes before I finally eat something?
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    Do yourselves a favor and drink some taurine and glutamine before your workout. Nice energy, positive feelings, muscle fullness, and better recovery! 2 grams taurine/5 grams glutamine pre and post workout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Force of Green View Post
    Do yourselves a favor and drink some taurine and glutamine before your workout. Nice energy, positive feelings, muscle fullness, and better recovery! 2 grams taurine/5 grams glutamine pre and post workout.

    I shall try it thanks
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    I find myself needing just a little of something on my stomach before i go for a run. Half a banana is the usual. But having said that, I believe an empty stomach is the best way, I'm just not comfortable doing it. It just doesn't feel right to me. Something I must get over and start implementing.
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    I usually drink a protein shake upon waking, then do HIIT cardio about 30-45 min after that. No probs with energy or feeling down (but I am also taking Megadrine and YohimbineHCL pre-cardio)
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    so i wanna start doing low intensity AM cardio.. brisk jogging or something.... for 45 min or so... my only question is i have 2 hour MMA classes monday and tuesday which usually are very intense and make me sweat like a pig... should i do keep morning AM cardio to maybe just mon/fri or maybe mon/wed/fri or mon/sat?

    right now im pretty sure i have a high BF too
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    If you've got the energy to do so, then its the best way to lose fat. If your cardio work is within 50 to 70 percent of your MHR for 30 to 45 minutes you should invoke lipolysis. Our muscles won't become catabolic since we just had spikes of IGH during bedtime.

    Empirically, it is the best choice for fat loss, but any real athlete knows that eating before a workout gives you more energy and the potential for strength gains.
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    I noticed my greatest fat burning when I was cardioing in the morning before I ate.

    I also believe in HIIT.
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    Lately i've been doing a 45 minute fasted cardio session in the mornings at an average of 77 - 80% of my age-predicted maximum heart rate (MHR); would this be high enough to invoke a catabolic effect? Anything less than this pace and i really don't feel like i'm getting a good workout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninjo View Post
    Lately i've been doing a 45 minute fasted cardio session in the mornings at an average of 77 - 80% of my age-predicted maximum heart rate (MHR); would this be high enough to invoke a catabolic effect? Anything less than this pace and i really don't feel like i'm getting a good workout.
    Everything's give and take when it comes to this topic. Do what you can to minimize catabolism....

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    I like to slam back a few g's of BCAA's and glutamine before any workout. My bet is the BCAA's along with medium intensity cardio is the shiznit in the AM.

    IN FACT, that is what I'm just about to do so I'll catch you cool cats later
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    I have actually asked this same question of some of the Pros,

    Shawn Ray, Bob Chick, Milos Sarcev just to name a few and they themselves have always subscribed to the empty stomach method....

    Treadmill anywhere from 3.5-4.5......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boyders View Post
    I like to slam back a few g's of BCAA's and glutamine before any workout. My bet is the BCAA's along with medium intensity cardio is the shiznit in the AM.

    IN FACT, that is what I'm just about to do so I'll catch you cool cats later
    I would stick to leucine, as it is a ketogenic amino acid, meaning it won't convert to glucose like isoleucine and valine. Also, leucine a signals the body to increase protein synthesis.
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    i do a compromise. I take 24 grams of whey, 5 grams of bcaas, and 4 grams of glutamine right when i wake up. I go do my HIIT swim routine. then I eat my oatmeal.
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    I do cardio twice a day, once in the morning on an empty stomach for an hour, this is either 1 hour of jumping rope/100lb punching bag/swimming/running or a combo of two or more.

    At night, I'll do another hour of cardio 3 hours after my last meal which is P/F, usually jumping rope or swimming.

    -Body fat is decreasing.
    -Muscle is either the same or minor gains.
    -Strength/Stamina/Endurance are increasing.

    I voted it's the best, because it is the best, for me, eating before didn't work for me, through trial and error you find your most effective methods.
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    should be taking at least 20g whey to mitigate muscle loss - it's not much calories to burn off.
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    yea, well i ate some fruit before hittting the gym in morning doing punching bad and speed bag and jump rope for bout 30 min. whether i either hit it hard and tired out to quick or eating before just doesnt do as well.. but i heard that going on a empty stomach will burn more calories faster. but at same time just doing so much on empty stomach would get u light on ur feet, i figure maybe a lil nuts or fruit or yogurt will suffise till ur done and i drink 2 scoops of prtoein and a breakfast and suits me pretty good and im rdy to go all day and hit the gym with weights in evening!
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    Quote Originally Posted by double s View Post
    I have actually asked this same question of some of the Pros,

    Shawn Ray, Bob Chick, Milos Sarcev just to name a few and they themselves have always subscribed to the empty stomach method....

    Treadmill anywhere from 3.5-4.5......
    But they use very nice anti-catabolic/anabolic drugs too.
  

  
 

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