I workout at least 5 times a week. I used to be kind of pudgy, I was getting close to 190lbs and my weight was climbing. When I was 19 I started walking three miles a couple times a week and did crunches and pushups at home. Then I bumped it up to running in increments and then started lifting weights. I'm 22 now and I'm at a gym. I've made moderate progress and I'm pleased with how far I've come. I have more broad shoulders, my chest is starting to get more defined, but my main problem area is my hips and my stomach. I never have a concrete schedule so my body doesn't conform to a routine. I heard the best way to burn body fat is cardio. Should I eat and wait an hour before I run? Or should I run before I eat and that way I'm not dealing with cramps? What other fat burning methods are there I can use to get my abs to really show?
Thread: Cardio before or after I eat?
01-03-2011, 12:59 PM #1
Cardio before or after I eat?
01-03-2011, 01:54 PM #2
I would also suggest running after working out. After your glycogen stores have been used from lifting, you will burn more in the fat area. Then down a protein shake.
And cardio is the only true way to get your abs to show. Ab work is great but cardio will get them out there for all to see.
01-03-2011, 09:05 PM #3
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I agree with namack2...I was using a program that include 3 separate sessions of HIT cardio (85-90% HR) for 7-10 minutes. This shredded the fat. I ate small prior to - oatmeal only and then a post-workout meal heavy on protein and some carbs to get my day going since I work out in the early mornings.
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Depends. If I don't do high intensity cardio fasted, I either feel too heavy to go intense or feel like puking or shatting myself, usually a combo of the two. If this is you, then fasted. If you are like namack, then by all means eat some protein and low glycemic carb (studies show swimmers who ate Low GI instead of high GI burned more fat instead of glycogen pre-traing). For LISS, you have much less chance of tapping into muscles while in the "fat burning" zone, which is why competitors often employ this. This is preferable fasted IMO, as you'll burn off more bodyfat instead of food yo just ate.
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01-04-2011, 02:46 PM #6
keep HR at 120-130.
do cardio first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything with calories in it.
maybe have a cup of coffee (caffeine helps stimulate lipolysis)
keep the cardio to 30-45min. You should be able to burn 400-500cal. On an empty stomach after fasting 10 hrs overnight, your liver will be low on glycogen and the muscles will prefer to use triglycerides aka fat as a fuel.
I just recently started doing this a couple days ago. Supposedly it works and it makes sense biochemically.
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