So I’m back on the fasted morning cardio kick from SGX as of yesterday morning. I repeated the process again this morning, and while I was trudging along to the tune of Gwen Stefani’s “What You Waiting For?” while reading the close-captioned CNN Headline News on the fitness room television, I had an epiphany.
Numerous fitness gurus, magazines, and amateur practitioners will tell you that fasted morning cardio is the way to go because it takes advantage of the peak window for fat-burning. They’ll say that you will burn more fat in this time block because you won’t be burning food and various other reasons.
I don’t know if these things hold any water, but I know why *I* burn more fat when I do fasted morning cardio.
It’s simply because if I get my ass out of bed and knock out the cardio immediately, I will actually get it DONE. Fasted morning cardio is a guaranteed 300-450 calorie burn for me every DAY if I do it.
Non-fasted, non-morning cardio, on the other hand, often results in 0 exercise calories burned per day because I will be too busy, tired, or lazy once my foot goes out the door to head to work to ever get around to doing it.
Just based on the consistency factor, fasted morning cardio will always burn more calories for me than any other type. :slappy:
Left Elbow Update: Still sore. Actually more sore than it was last week, even with the pull-up sabbatical I’ve taken this week. I modified today’s P90X legs/back workout by doing resistance band work instead of the pull-ups that are normally done, but the elbow is still feeling odd. I may have to take advantage of the company health insurance and go get a doc’s opinion next week if it doesn’t feel better soon. :ouch:
6/9/05 P&P Challenge Report
Consecutive Perfect Days = 17
Total Perfect Days = 39/62
– 1460 calories eaten / -1063 deficit
– 43.1% carb, 30.5% protein, 32.5% fat
– No unauthorized meals
– All supplements taken
– 16 cups water
– All planned workouts performed
5/1/05 – 135.4
5/7/05 – 135.0
5/14/05 – 134.8 lbs
5/21/05 – 135.8 lbs
5/28/05 – 134.4 lbs
6/4/05 – 135.6 lbs
Nutrition: 1400-1500 calorie low zig zag day
1: 4×1 omelette, 2 c. spinach, apple
2: Whey/dextrose PWO shake
3: Banana bread
4: 3×1 omelette, 1 c. spinach, banana
5: Turkey spinach lasagna, 1 c. mixed veggies, 1 Lactaid pill
6: 1/2 c. 1% cottage cheese, 1/6 c. dry oats, 3/4 c. blueberries
Total: 1480 calories, 42.9% carb, 31.0% protein, 31.1% fat
Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil or natural peanut butter
Water: 16 cups minimum
8:30 AM Cardio – LISS treadmill (4 mph / 10% incline / 33 minutes and 6 mph/ 0% incline/ 12 minutes)
12:00 PM P90X Legs (60 minutes)
The Awful Truth:
1. Didn’t get home from work until 12:30 AM. Only got 6 hours of sleep as a consequence.
1. Did the dishes again!
2. Baked protein-enriched banana bread this morning.
3. Did the dreaded 45 minutes of LISS.
1. Make forms for P90X module.
2. Pick up some beef for steak and beef noodles.
3. Cook chicken breast in fridge into something extraordinary and tasty.