Posted by @annaliselifts FASTED VS FED CARDIO: WHICH IS BETTER?!
There’s been a huge fitness industry fad claiming that doing fasted cardio is better than fed cardio. Here’s the science and my verdict⬇️
Reasons for Fed:
🔥Food is fuel. You need fuel to train. When you fuel up before a workout, you have more energy to complete and push yourself in the workout.
🔥By eating before cardio, you’re giving your body something to burn off, and thus preserving your muscles.
🔥Fasted cardio actually stops excess Post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) from taking place meaning your body won’t continue to burn calories at that high rate after cardio. Thus fed cardio allows you to burn more calories post workout, as your EPOC levels are increased.
Reasons for Fasted:
🔥The idea behind fasted cardio is that because you are fasted, your glycogen stores are depleted and thus whatever you burn will be stored fat
🔥also when you eat, your insulin levels increase to carry the glucose you just ate into the cell. Insulin interrupts the body’s ability to burn fat
😊There really is no “better” option in my opinion. The better option is whatever works best for you, your preferences and your lifestyle/schedule.
Some people like doing fasted cardio because they feel heavier after eating, but others prefer fed cardio because they can’t fathom the thought of not eating before a workout.
Some people like working out before work and don’t wanna eat at 4am, other workout after school/work in a fed state because it fits their lifestyle. All in all, choose what works best for you!
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