During the session the topic of fasted training was brought up.
Here is a quick recap.
The theory goes (I’m going to keep really really simple) –
During exercise we rely on fuel to power our muscles. The fuel mainly comes from glycogen (stored carbs) and fat. If we don’t eat carbs (potato, rice, pasta, fruit) in the hours prior to training, there will be less carbs in our body and we will use more fat as a fuel. Coaches and athletes use the fasted cardio technique to optimise fat loss when they are trying to make weight for competition (ie, boxers).
Sports physiologists have looked into this and their work supports the theory. Furthermore, if carbs are consumed prior to training fat burning is shut down. However, these studies only tested what happens in an exercise session, not what happens long term.
Recently a couple of studies have been published showing the long term effects of fasted cardio on fat loss (the first ones to be done!). The results found that fasted cardio doesn’t have a significant influence on fat loss over the long term.
I know what you’re all thinking. ‘BUT YOU SAID IT WORKS’, and I did. But Science progresses……
IF YOU LIKE FASTED CARDIO, FINE. CONTNTINUE. JUST BE AWARE IT MAY NOT BE INFLUENTIAL ON FAT LOSS AS WAS FIRST THOUGHT. BUT IT WILL PROBABLY HELP A LITTLE.
The main drive of fat loss is limiting your intake of processed, manufactured foods. These foods are full of sugar and fat and are very yummy. CONSUMING THESE FOODS LEADS TO EATING MORE LATER.
This doesn’t mean these foods can never be eaten again. Some are too yummy, and life is too short. It’s important to manage the amount you eat, exercise and stay active (do not take the lift to Physio4life
FOR MOST PEOPLE 90-95% OF DIET SHOULD BE NATURAL FOODS FROM NATURE, NOT manufactured.