Cardio on empty stomach
- 07-01-2008, 10:10 PM
Cardio on empty stomach
I try to get to the gym early in the morning. I try to do about 30 to 40 minutes of cardio before working out. I am reading that cardio on an empty stomach in the morning is the best way to lose fat. If I do this and bring a protien bar for after cardio, before weights, is that bad/enough for before weight training? I would come back in the afternoon to do weights but the gym is packed and I like to get in and out. Cardio is available though at this time. Any suggestions to make this the most efficient for both in the morning?
- 07-01-2008, 11:47 PM
cardio in the morning is great. the majority of people as well as myself would recomend not getting overly intense. i would also recomend getting in at least 2 meals before your workout. might make your workout better. another option would be to work out and then cardio right after your workout. glycogen stores will be used for your lifting and glycogen will be depleted for cardio. hope that all makes sense, sorry for the babling on.
07-02-2008, 08:20 AM
07-02-2008, 12:06 PM
07-02-2008, 02:44 PM
If I have to do cardio and resistance training at the same time, I prefer to do my cardio on an empty stomach first then pound a shake/bar then lift.
If I lift then do cardio immediately after, it postpones my PWO shake.
07-02-2008, 05:22 PM
save the cardio for an "off" day. i do my cardio on Wednesday and Sunday. so i have 2 days of lifting (Mon. and Tues.) then one day of cardio, 3 days lifting (Thurs. Fri. and sat.) then one more day of cardio (sun.) i work out in the morning too, so some Saturday's i will run in my neighbor in the morning on an empty stomach then go to the gym after eating breakfast.....to each his own
07-02-2008, 05:44 PM
Dont do cardio on an empty stomache... I used to do it, YOU SHRED MUSCLE, when your body has nothing else to burn off, guess what's your FIRST SOURCE, Yep you guessed it the hard earned muscle, Try to Take a small snack of something, High Glycemic carbs to get your Metabolism rocking for the 20-40 mins of cardio. Something is better then nothing, And just because the Scale is going down, Doesn't mean your loosing FAT.
You need to burn 3500 FATS CALS TO burn 1Lb of Fat.
So if you're doing a routine and primarily burning muscle, As you burn that muscle, your METABOLISM is decreasing as well.
Best Advice, I dont care what anyone says, Heart Rate Monitor, To obtain your Heart Rate Zone, If you stay in your Zone you can shred fat Faster then anything else, But now do remember to switch up your routines from time to time, because no one likes boring cardio :smile:
07-05-2008, 09:30 AM
As long as you don't do TOO much cardio and/or too high intensity, you should not burn muscle. And the order of which you do it all is negligible. Obviously you have less energy for the second activity so you need to prioritize what is more important to you the cardio or the weights. But something in terms of food or nutrients need to be thrown in the mix when doing both.
And remember, don't do intense cardio on an empty stomach or your body WILL use your muscle for fuel instead of fat.
07-05-2008, 09:38 PM
07-06-2008, 03:39 AM
07-06-2008, 03:59 AM
The use of HI GI carbs before cardio is using sugar and glycogen for energy and not much at all if anything is from fat fuel. When doing empty stomach cardio what you may consider muscle loss may truly be fat that you mistake for muscle mass. There are gyms and boards full of guys thinking they are real big and find out that they really are...just more fat then they thought.
07-06-2008, 02:38 PM
O.K. so this was pissing me off so I've tried to look up as much as possible and here is what I've come up with: There are two ideal times that are most effective in burning fat. One of them being in the morning on an empty stomach. At this time, the body does not have any glycogen (stored carbs) in its system to burn so it goes directly to fat stores to get the energy. Anytime amount of time longer than 40 minutes and you will start to lose muscle.
07-06-2008, 03:15 PM
07-06-2008, 04:30 PM
07-06-2008, 05:57 PM
I think what you are doing is perfectly fine. In your position, this is what I would do :
Wake up: Leucine or BCAA's, any stims
Cardio: at least 30 minutes, low-medium intensity
Eat whey protein (in shaker) and some fruit (banana, apple, orange etc)
Stretch for 10 mins or so
Leave and eat a good meal
07-06-2008, 07:04 PM
07-06-2008, 08:18 PM
07-06-2008, 10:47 PM
07-12-2008, 12:45 AM
07-12-2008, 11:39 AM
On my cardio days I'll eat a good breakfast, wait about 2 1/2 hrs, slam a small shake (one scoop of whey), wait another 1 1/2 hrs and then hit cardio. Seems to work well. I don't know if fasted cardio in the morning is really worth the extra effort unless it just fits real good in your schedule. Then I'd probably do it.
07-12-2008, 12:59 PM
10-20-2008, 01:37 PM
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