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WARNING: Doing Cardio In A Fasted State Causes Muscle Loss & Fat Gain

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WARNING: Doing Cardio In A Fasted State Causes Muscle Loss & Fat Gain

Dr. Sam – I want to lose fat and gain muscle. I’m doing intermittent fasting and sometimes a ketogenic diet. However, my question is about doing cardio on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning. I hear it’s the best way to lose fat – can you please tell me the real truth?

This is a great question because it’s a very popular topic and one that I used to believe in myself, when I was younger.

For years, many experts will tell you that the best way to lose fat is to do cardio exercise first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach after an overnight fast.

The “theory” for this is that your glycogen stores were depleted during your sleep. So, there was no “sugar” or “carbs” to burn off and thus, the cardio exercise would go directly into fat burning mode.

So you’re saving time and burning more fat.

However, doing cardio after a meal or when your not depleted, means that you FIRST have to burn off all the sugar, before you can go into burning off the fatty acids.

So, this meant that the cardio session was just burning off the food you ate, NOT actually burning off body fat. It wasn’t very efficient.

And guess what, this made perfect sense to me.

So, years ago, I would get up in the morning, after not eating for at least 8-10 hours. I’d drink some water and then go for a jog or head on over to the gym and do some incline treadmill or ride the bike or something similar.

I’d do this for at least 30 minutes and work up a nice sweat. Plus with the extra endorphins from the intense cardio, I was super energized and happy. It was a natural high. I felt great. It was a nice way to start the day.

Then I’d come home, I’d take a shower and I’d wait about an hour before I’d eat, so the “fat burning” from the cardio session would continue.

And the good news is that I did lose weight and I lost it quickly.

Unfortunately, I lost a lot of muscle in the process.

Looking at just the scale, I was kicking ass. I was losing weight.

But looking in the mirror, how my clothes fit and how I was performing in the gym when lifting weights – well, for sure I was losing muscle.

I was slowly getting smaller and weaker.

In 2 months, I lost about 10 lbs … But looking in the mirror, it looked like I only lost 2-3 lbs of fat. I looked flat, stringy, and basically, I had that dreaded “skinny/fat” look.

So I figured maybe I wasn’t eating enough food, so I increased my calories.

The weight loss stopped, but I didn’t look any better.

The bottom line was that I lost weight, but a lot of it was valuable muscle.

So, why did this happen? Did I do something wrong?

Well, the reason is that the cardio was stressing my body. It was too intense. I had no food in my system, so my body thought something must be wrong. He’s hungry and he’s running away from something.

So, it wants to protect and it goes into survival mode.

It increases stress hormones, such as cortisol. It’ll then lower thyroid levels, to slow down your metabolism. It also messes up with your sex hormones.

I know this for a fact because I started doing both saliva and blood tests to see what was going on. My cortisol levels were like double the high range.

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