Does Fasted Cardio Burn More Fat?





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Published on Jul 26, 2012

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Does Fasted Cardio Burn More Fat?

The practice of performing empty stomach cardio has been a popular fat loss method for many years. The idea here is that since there are no nutrients in the stomach, the body will be forced to break down stored fat at a more significant rate for improved fat loss.

But does fasted cardio work? Are there any real fasted cardio benefits that warrant performing your cardio in this way?

Here are 3 main reasons why empty stomach cardio is not necessary and in many cases should actually be avoided...

#1 - Although fasted cardio workouts do appear to enhance lipolysis (the amount of fat broken down), they do not increase actual fat oxidation (the amount of fat that is burned). The limiting factor in fat loss is fat oxidation, and those fatty acids that are not used for fuel are simply re-stored.

#2 - Working out on an empty stomach reduces the thermic effect of exercise. In other words, consuming a meal first increases the number of calories that are burned as heat energy.

#3 - Fasted cardio increases the total amount of muscle loss that occurs during the session.

#4 - Fasted exercise reduces overall energy levels and training intensity in most people, which reduces performance and decreases the total number of calories that you're able to expend.

So, is fasted cardio good for improving fat loss? Based on these reasons, I can't see any reason to perform cardio on an empty stomach. If you prefer it because it makes you feel better during the session then that's fine, but if you want to maximize fat loss and prefer to have some food in you first, a small pre-cardio meal 1-2 hours prior is probably ideal.


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