To help you decide if you should give this type of training a try, check out the pros and cons below.
Workout completed – starting your day with a workout helps overcome the ‘something has come up’ moments which can interrupt your workout plans for the day. As well as enjoying the flood of mood and brain-boosting chemicals to your body which can help increase motivation and productivity.
Avoid an upset stomach – some people simply feel better training on an empty stomach. As training fasted can help avoid discomfort, indigestion and nausea that can sometimes happen when you train post-meal.
Decreased training intensity – for many training in a fasted state can result in a less productive training session due to the lack of food. To train optimally you will not do this on an empty stomach.
No greater weight loss – training in a fasted state does lead to a great rate of fat burning during exercise, however, this does not translate to greater weight loss overall.
Remember fasted cardio is not for everyone, everyone has a different body so whether you workout fasted or fed all depends on what your body prefers. If your body suffers from pre workout eating induced nausea or lethargy, train fasted. If getting out of bed early and working out helps you achieve your workout in your daily routine, train fasted.
Fasted cardio at the end of the day is a tool to utilise if it syncs well to your body’s physiology. If you find your performance drops when fasted, don’t worry, you can still lose just as much body fat with the bonus of not feeling hungry while you work out.