Fasted cardio seems to be the latest buzz in the health and wellness realm. Although fasted workouts have been around for awhile, they have gained some recent traction with those looking to tone or lose weight.
What’s all the hype about?
Are fasted workouts really worth missing your breakfast?
I understand the nutritional science behind fasted workouts, but would I really have enough energy to make it through my morning power yoga class or 60 minutes of high-intensity cardio? Would I be energized enough or would I want to pass out and simply quit?
The idea behind fasted cardio and fasted power yoga is that you workout first thing in the morning relying on your fat stores for energy rather than the glucose from your breakfast. Fasted cardio and power yoga will target your stubborn fat stores. This type of workout is ideal for someone looking to lose weight, melt away stubborn fat, or tone up to reach their goals.
There is some opposition to this type of workout, some people feel as though it will increase the loss of lean muscle. Although this can be true, it is important to include body weight training or weight training into your cardio workout to create a healthy balance.
Take a moment and think about what your fitness goals are. Are you looking to tone or build muscle? Are you looking to increase your endurance and athletic performance, or increase your bench press and squat? Everyone’s fitness and health goals are unique, so focus in on a program that aligns with your goals.
I decided I had to see for myself! I performed fasted cardio 4 days during week one and 4 days during week two. I performed 30 minutes of fast carried during week one and added 60 minutes of weight training and yoga into the mix. During week two I performed 60 minutes of fasted cardio and added an additional 60 minutes of weight training or yoga in the afternoon.
I felt amazing!!
Fasted cardio really energizes my body and my mind. I’m hooked! I have noticed a difference not only in my body, which has seriously toned up in the past two weeks, but have noticed a difference in my stamina and endurance as well.
The important thing to consider when performing fasted cardio, or any fasted workout, is to fuel up within 30 minutes after your workout. I make sure that I come home and have my morning routine: water with lemon, Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar, and Garden of Life Greens. Then I make a smoothie loaded with the three essentials protein, fat and fiber. These three essentials, along with your morning routine, with help to refuel, repair and rebuild your muscles post workout and keep you fuel and energized for the day ahead.