As we work towards our fitness goals, there’s no doubt that we’ll do just about anything to get there faster. Fasted training, or exercising on an empty stomach, is one of the most controversial methods of losing weight. After all, it goes against everything we’ve been taught about nutrition.
Fasted training is based on the belief that the body ends up relying on fat stores for energy, thus efficiently burning unwanted fat. It has become a popular method for many athletes, especially bodybuilders, to lose fat and gain muscle.
Curious to see what fasted training is all about? Today, Evolve Daily shares 4 Benefits Of Fasted Training:
1) Improved insulin sensitivity
When we eat, our body releases insulin, a hormone that helps us absorb the nutrients from the food we eat. Insulin is in charge of removing the sugars from our bloodstream and redirecting them to the liver, muscles, and fat cells to use as energy later on.
By fasting, we become more sensitive to insulin because we release it less frequently. This makes it easier for us to lose fat as well as improve blood flow.
2) Increased HGH production
HGH or human growth hormone, the hormone in charge of helping the body make new muscle tissue, burn fat, and improve bone quality, is found to increase significantly (up to 2,000 percent in men and 1,300 in women) after a fast.
For those of you looking for the fountain of youth, the increased production of HGH caused by fasting will boost your chances of feeling younger and healthier – now if that isn’t a compelling enough reason, we don’t know what else is!
3) Build more muscle
According to a study in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, fasting before a weight training session stresses the body more than usual. This increased stress allows the body to build more muscle than it would have if you had eaten before training.
4) Boost endurance
Some studies show that fasted training can improve an athlete’s capacity to manage their oxygen consumption when they exercise. Training in a fasted state also helps an athlete adapt to training faster, especially during exercise that involves conditioning.
As ideal as fasted training might seem, there are those who argue otherwise. Some experts believe that eating a high-protein meal before a workout could lead to a greater calorie burn. Regardless of the studies available, it is up to you to decide which school of thought to follow. Follow your instincts and see what your body prefers. If you feel like you are forcing yourself to eat before training, maybe fasted training might work for you. If you find yourself feeling faint during a workout because you didn’t eat beforehand, then you should allow yourself to eat a light snack or a protein-rich meal first.
Pay attention to your body and take note of all the clues that tell you what’s working and what’s not. In the end, what matters is that that you are getting all the benefits of your workout – burning enough fat and calories and meeting your personal goals. Fasting isn’t for everybody; it’s just another way for you to get the results you want.
So tell us, what other methods will you try?