Exercise and Intermittent Fasting

I get tons of inbox questions about intermittent fasting and exercising.

When it comes to cardio, it’s generally recommended that you exercise on an empty stomach, so that the calories burned come from body fat and not from the foods you consumed beforehand. This means you can perform a workout like HIIT fasted at any time before your first meal.

What about strength training? It actually goes against conventional wisdom to strength train on an empty stomach. A lot of personal trainers do not recommend it as it’s supposedly detrimental to strength gains and may even lead to muscle catabolism.

However, it looks like conventional wisdom is being turned on its head as studies show that this clearly isn’t the case. This study (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00421-009-1289-x) actually shows that resistance training in a fasted state may actually elicit a greater anabolic response than training in a fed state.

Nevertheless, there is still always the possibility of some muscle loss (especially if you go CrAzY in the weight room), which is why it’s not a bad idea to take a BCAA supplement before beginning a strenuous weight training session.

About the Author Melissa McAllister

My name is Melissa McAllister. I just turned 43! I have a son and daughter and my husband and I are new empty nesters! My husband is the reason I eat, drink, and sleep health and fitness. He has 2 speeds, GO and GO Faster. We have been together for over 27 years and married for 22 (yes, he had me at “hello!”). Don’t get me wrong though…I was a Doritos and Coca Cola eating Hoover when I was in school! Fitness has been an essential part of my life for over 18 years. I have the 3 best jobs in the world—being a stay-at-home Mom, business owner, and group exercise instructor for several large fitness chains. I have been teaching everything from yoga to kickboxing for over 16 years. I have also had the great opportunity to train, inspire, and motivate other instructors for the past 10 years. You might even see me in a few fitness videos out there! 😉 Reaching out to others who are struggling to be healthy and happy is my passion. I couldn’t tell you next Fall’s latest fashion must have or what flowers to plant this season, but I can help you achieve your health and fitness goals. With your determination and my motivation, we can find and keep the best YOU! I will inspire by holding myself and those around me accountable!

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