There are many different methods people use when they want to shed some weight and get into peak fitness condition. While it has been around for quite some time, fasted cardio has recently gained a lot of popularity in the fitness community as a method of getting into shape fast. Just like with any and all fitness plans, there are certainly those who think this method of weight loss is valuable, while others disagree. So we wanted to tackle the topic here at B-Limitless Fitness. Let’s delve into the different facets of this exercise method.
What Is Fasted Cardio?
Many people think that fasted cardio is simply training on an empty stomach. This is in no way the truth. Instead, fasted cardio is cardio that is completed while a person is in a ‘fasted’ state. While this may sound the same as training on an empty stomach, there is actually far more to it than that. Fasted cardio has much more to do with how your body processes and absorbs the food you eat, rather than the amount you are eating.
When you eat, your food gets broken down into a variety of molecules that your cells will use when the molecules are released into your blood. Insulin is also released and it works to shuttle these molecules into the cells. When you have a meal, what you eat will change your insulin levels, possibly elevating them for a number of hours (3-6+).
Once your body begins to digest and absorb your meal, your body will enter a postprandial state. When this state is over, the insulin levels that we mentioned earlier will drop to a minimum low and your body will now be in a ‘fasted’ state. Every single body alternates between a “fed” and “fasted” state over and over again.
What Does This Mean For Your Fitness Routine?
This means that exercise that is completed when insulin levels are high is known as “fed” training and exercise completed when insulin levels are low is known as “fasted” training.
When your body is in a fed state, it does not burn fat, instead it stores it.
Since this has been discovered, many people believe that fasted cardio is a much more effective way to lose weight quickly. However, this is only true if you are also following a proper diet. After all, the goal is that you are burning more energy than you are obtaining through your food. This is, after all, how weight loss works in its most basic form.
How & When Should You Complete Fasted Cardio
For the most part, working out in the mornings, right when you wake up is the best time to practice fasted cardio. With somewhere around 12 hours since your last meal, you will truly be in a fasted state. This is how you will begin to see the results you are interested in achieving.
If you would like to learn more about fasted cardio or consult with a fitness professional about your general health, contact B-Limitless Fitness today. We can help you to find the option for you, your body, and the goals you have set forth for yourself!