Not Eating: The Perfect Pre-Workout Meal?

In my article "Six Steps to a Six Pack" we talked about how, when your goal is to lose weight, you should view carbohydrate as unnecessary in your pre-workout meal.  But what if the perfect pre-workout meal was to not eat at all?

You may notice that you won't be able to go as hard as you can while fed (and that's fine).

What Happens

Train low and compete high.  This is not a fad diet.  This isn't a way to restrict calorie intake.  When you perform cardiorespiratory exercises while fasted (without calorie intake) more mitochondria are formed which burns fat cells for fuel while sparing muscle glycogen (glucose stored in muscle).  

Outcomes

  1. Increased ability to preserve and ration valuable carbohydrate stores

  2. Increases fat utilization during exercise

  3. Increases the activity of the enzymes responsible for metabolizing carbohydrate during high intensity exercise.

In Practice

The best time to try this is first thing in the morning before breakfast rather than trying to do it hours after eating.  If you do try this later in the day after you've eaten, wait at least 4 hours since your last meal.

You may notice that you won't be able to go as hard as you can while fed (and that's fine).  Lighten the stress, whether you are weight lifting or working on your cardio, and feel the fat burn off.  

Alternatives 

  • If you find yourself low of energy, try to drink one cup of black coffee before your cardio session.  
  • If you find yourself having difficulties working out on an empty stomach then have a protein shake with no carbohydrate.  

 

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