Fasted workouts are THE BEST, period.
When compared to “fueled” workouts, fasted workouts have clearly an incredible edge.
But why you ask?
Let me give you a few reasons, my friend! So you can bask into the awesomeness that are fasted workouts, with me.
1) YOU BURN MORE FAT, EASILY.
This applies especially during long periods of fasting (16H minimum is what i recommend – and it’s called intermittent fasting) – the previous night you have dinner and then you don’t touch anything for that time frame, so usually until lunch.
So if you practice I.F. daily, working out fasted will increase your sensitivity to insulin, allowing your body to burn more fat and build muscle, with the aid of the growth hormone as well,
And studies have proven that while in a fasted state your body taps into your energy reserve fuel (called glycogen) and this leads to an increased fat loss effect.
So basically you’re not using energy from already ingested foods, instead you’re using your “survival energy”, so to speak.
And this applies to ANY kind of training, not just to cardio, like some people want you to believe (the famous “fasted cardio”) so to strength training too!
While you don’t have any of this when compared to a fed workout.
2) YOU WILL BE MORE ENERGIZED & FEEL BETTER.
Now this is something i experienced after my FIRST fasted workout – it was hellish at first, i admit. But after you get used to it… you feel like a beast.
You suddenly have much more energy when compared to the “fed mode”.
You can go on for longer periods of time, and while we’re at it, there you go, a cool research on this – a detailed study mentioned in a Science Daily article.
3) YOU IMPROVE YOUR OVERALL PERFORMANCE
As you start to become acquainted to working out with no ready-to-use fuel, it’s only obvious that your physical abilities WILL become better.
Since our body it’s great ad adapting to changes, it will automatically enhance itself, so you can keep performing at your best.
At first it’ll be hard, but after a while you will be able to endure big amounts of training without having to eat anything! Of course your body will get accustomed to that so it can adapt.
See it this way :
it’s like training with ankle\wrist weights for a period of time and then you take them off. And without you knowing it you became much faster and stronger.
Of course this comparison it’s actually the reverse when it comes to this topic, but i think you get the gist of it.
What about you?
Will you try working out in a fasted state soon? are you already doing it?
Tell me what you think.