Have you ever wondered what fasted cardio is or if it is right for you?
I know cardio is not everyone’s favourite but it is very important to your fitness regime.
Dan and I both implement cardio into our workouts at the gym and I have recently incorporated fasted cardio for the summer as I am working on hitting some major goals!
Fasted cardio in short, is conducting cardio on a fasted system, meaning you have not eaten and are running on empty, which is why FC is usually done in the morning after having the night to fast. The fuel your body uses to burn energy is dependent on a host of factors, the first being whether or not you’ve just eaten. Your body likes to burn the fuel that you’ve eaten first. So if you don’t have any fuel because you didn’t eat (meaning you’re in a fasted state), then your body turns to what it has stored away and works to burn that. By doing so, the hopes are that you'll turn directly to your body fat stores for energy rather than utilizing the current glucose in the system as you would be doing had you have had something to eat prior to doing the session.
Does FC really burn more fat? Yes, studies have shown that doing cardio in a fasted state can burn up to 20% more fat then when compared to sweating it out after eating.
A couple things to keep in mind:
If fasted cardio is something you would be interested in and would like to implement, I would recommend adding it in twice to your week, best days would be your off days from the gym.
This can be implemented into your workout regime but should not take the place of your hour-long daily workouts (Ashmeade Fitness along recommends working out for 1 hour, 5 days a week which is 4% of your day).
Please leave any questions or comments below, I would love to hear from you!