FASTED CARDIO VS FED STATE CARDIO
Which one is best?
Which one is going to help YOU get SHREDDED?
Well, the answer isn’t quite so black & white.
In fact, it’s best explained in a study done by Alan Aragon & Brad Schoenfeld.
“It has long been thought that performing aerobic exercise after an overnight fast accelerates the loss of body fat. The purpose of this study was to investigate changes in fat mass & fat-free mass following four weeks of volume-equated fasted versus fed aerobic exercise in young women adhering to a hypocaloric diet/ calorie deficit.
Findings indicate that body composition changes associated with aerobic exercise in conjunction with a calorie deficit are similar regardless of whether or not an individual is fasted prior to training. Hence, those seeking to lose body fat conceivably can choose to train either before or after eating based on preference.”
So what’s the take home point?
Do what you prefer.
Yep, personal preference.
Personally, I find my performance is horrendous without eating, so I choose to perform any activity in a fed state.
That’s what works for me, so I stick to it.
My energy is higher & I have the ability to burn more calories as a consequence.
Which is why you should find what works for you.
Because we are all different.
We all have different likes & dislikes.
As such, it’s only natural to have different preferences when it comes to choosing what, if anything, we eat before we train.
THE GOOD NEWS
Is that science is on your side on this one, so just make sure your routine is working for you & be done with it.
There’s no need to draw out the process any longer – cardio is painful enough as it is without fretting over whether or not you should or shouldn’t be eating before you grind it out on the stairmaster.
Kidding, I don’t do stairmaster – but YOU might love it so if that’s your cardio of choice, then step on good sir/ madam!
DO NOT confuse correlation with causation.
You won’t lose weight simply by performing or including cardio into your routine – you’ll be losing that weight because over the course of a day/ week/ month you’re eating less calories than you’re burning, and the cardio you’re doing might simply be assisting with this equation.
There is no need to overcomplicate the process of losing weight.
But if there is a certain method or approach that helps you with the energy balance (calories in vs calories out) then you should run with it.
Because the energy balance is KING, at the end of the day.