Working Out and Fasting
I know this may come off as an oxymoron but there is some science that supports this week’s topic.
However, it is good to understand your limits and not to overdo it when you are doing this as it can be dangerous.
Now with that out of the way, this week’s topic is all about how fasting can be an effective tool, when applied properly, when you are working out.
The way I personally like to implement this is that I fast Thursday night through to Friday afternoon as it gives me enough time to implement the fast and not worry about pushing myself at the gym and passing out from hypoglycemia, as I love to push myself at the gym, and since I work out at night, personal preference, I give myself enough time to have some fuel to use while pushing myself on the gym floor.
With that said, there is no rhyme or reason why you cannot workout in the morning and still fast while working out, however, if you do, try to understand what your body is telling you, if you feel dizzy or lightheaded, stop right away and put your head between your legs, and take slow deep breathes, go buy a Gatorade or Powerade drink and sip it slowly, you are going into hypoglycemia and you need to be careful.
If you are starving after the workout just drink water and keep yourself hydrated throughout the workout as water is essential for you to keep your water levels up. Water is part of the fasting it is ok for you to drink as much water as possible, just try to keep the actual food out of your mouth until the time is up.
Now let’s look at the benefits of fasting and working out.
• Stimulates your body to use fat as an energy source rather than carbs,
• Speeds up the ability to remove free radicals that can cause some really big problems, and
• Forces your body to build muscle properly as it does have an effect in the way we eliminate lactic acid and produce new muscle fibers during muscle synthesis
Even with all these amazing benefits, as I said in previously, you need to keep it simple in the beginning and not really push yourself as this “shock” might be too much and it could eventually shut you down. This is what we do not want so take it slow in the beginning and only after you are used to not eating breakfast then you can ramp it on the gym floor.
You have been warned!