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Fasted strength training?
01-08-2016, 05:37 AM
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Fasted strength training?
What is the general opinion on fasted strength training? I do cardio in the mornings and generally like to do my strength in the mornings also but I'm reading so many conflicting opinions and studies that I'm confused as to what is best.
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01-08-2016, 10:57 AM
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RE: Fasted strength training?
First of all, welcome! So glad you joined us over here...

The general opinion: in "healthy" metabolisms, fasted workouts don't hurt OR help much. But if the workouts are less energetic overall, you're losing any (very tiny, marginal) edge that you may have been seeking. Being able to give the workout max energy is just as important to fat loss as the alleged "extra" amount of fat being burned during the workout.

If the workout is less intense than it could be WITH food, then the burn is still less overall...

Here's a great article from Dr. Len Kravitz on the topic:

http://www.drlenkravitz.com/Articles/fastingLK.html

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01-08-2016, 11:43 AM
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RE: Fasted strength training?
In my experience, having a banana a half hour before I do lifting helps me lift and do more. I've tried an apple and got some meh results. I am definitely a fan of some quick carbs before a workout.
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01-08-2016, 12:10 PM
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RE: Fasted strength training?
Thanks for the replies. I tend to have a latte when I get up and wait about half an hour to do any exercise so I'm not in a completely starved state but not huge calories either, I have recently tried a protein shake about 40 minutes before working out and will give the banana a go next week. I find the waiting difficult as it means getting up at 5am to consume something to get exercising by 5.45 and get finished/showered in time for work. In saying that though I also find hitting the floor and exercising within ten minutes tough as well!
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01-08-2016, 01:09 PM
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RE: Fasted strength training?
Yeah, sounds like finding something quick and easy will be key for you. Let us know how it goes!

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01-09-2016, 12:37 PM
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RE: Fasted strength training?
I tend to workout fasted because I do so so early (5:30, 5:45 during the weekdays). The thought of eating that early makes me kind of nauseous - a cup o' coffee is my prefuel, and that's it. If I'm eating enough OVERALL I do ok. If not, I fatigue quickly. So for me, its not necessarily the timing of meals, its more overall nutrition.
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