Fasted cardio has been a rather popular topic for some time and is becoming more and more popular again as an effective way to accelerate fat loss. To get to your desired 5-6% of total body fat without drugs or supplements, fasted cardio is your friend here.
So, in this article there will firstly be a review of the science of fasted cardio and how it works, and then look at how to properly use it to get the desired results, so here it goes.
What is Fasted Cardio?
Many think that fasted cardio is nothing more than training on an empty stomach, which they usually think is simply a stomach that feels empty (also means that you haven’t eaten anything before it). Well, that’s where they are wrong, because fasted cardio is done while in a “fasted” state, meaning that your stomach is somewhat empty, but not completely. It has to do with your metabolism and how your stomach absorbs the food you eat.
When you eat food, your stomach brakes it down into various molecules that get released and sent further into your blood. Insulin is released as well, and its job is to turn molecules into cells. Depending on how much food you eat within a single meal, your insulin levels might stay elevated for a couple of hours.
When your body is digesting what you’ve recently eaten, it’s in a specific state where you’re feeling fed. Once your body has finished absorbing the nutrients, insulin levels drop to a base level (meaning they’ve done their job), and your body enters a fasted state. Every day and every meal your body moves between fed and fasted states.
Long story short:
Workouts done during the times where insulin levels are up a bit and food is still being absorbed belong to something called fed training.
Workouts done during periods where insulin is at a low level, mostly after the food has been processed are a part of fasted training.