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If Your Primary Goal Is Weight Loss, Carbing Up Before Your Workout Is Not A Good Idea

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Its not uncommon to hear people talk about carbing up before a workout.  This is at typical practice with distance runners or cyclists and weight lifters and it certainly helps with performance.  However, if your primary reason for working out is weight loss then carbing up probably isn’t going to help you.  You will certainly have a stronger workout but your carbs can get in the way of tapping into those fat stores you want to release for fuel.

When you eat food that contains sugar and starch, your blood sugar goes up and insulin is released.  At this moment, your body is trying to remove that sugar from your blood stream as quickly as possible because you aren’t moving fast enough to burn it all up sitting at the table.  Your body slows or stops the release of fat for fuel because you already have too much floating around and insulin is transporting what you’ve just eaten to muscle and fat cells.  There is no reason to release more fuel.

As I mentioned, the readily available sugar you’ve just eaten will top off your muscles fuel supply and will certainly help your performance during your workout, but is that your goal. Are you there to run farther, cycle faster or lift more OR are you there to tap into your fat stores, put stress on your fat burning metabolism and burn more stored fat during your workout?

While fasted cardio, boot camps and weight training is more physically challenging and may not give you the best performance results, the stress you are putting on your fat burning metabolism is actually training it to be more efficient, making it easier to rely on fat stores at a less strenuous pace like when you’re at work or running errands.  Fasted training has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, something we all lose to some degree with age.

Fasted workouts are easiest to accomplish in the mornings when we can get out the door right away with just a cup of coffee or tea to get us moving.  If you workout later in the day, you can still limit carb intake before your workout and eat primarily protein, fat and non starchy veggies.  Also try to put at least 2 hours between your last meal and your workout to allow blood sugars to come back to normal levels.

Intermittent fasting is another way to approach this.  You can skip breakfast, having just coffee or tea, (maybe with a little butter or coconut oil in it) and workout just before your lunch, with your first meal coming right after your midday workout.  This may be tough the first few times you do it but as you become more adapted to burning fat, it will get a bit easier.

If you find you need some guidance with planning a low carb diet, check out my Food Comes First Diet Plan which includes a food list and a week’s worth of meal suggestions.  You can find it here: Food Comes First Diet.

Don’t Let Your Weekend Eating Set Back Your Weight Loss Progress From The Week

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For many people, the weekend indulgences can undo their weight loss progress and success from the week.  Two steps forward and one step back.  This becomes very discouraging on Monday morning.  The lack of routine and the added social aspect of the weekend is a big temptation to indulge and go WAY off of our eating plan making it very difficult to get any real progress.

My advice is to limit the hours in the weekend when you will be going “off plan” and create a part of the weekend days to allow your body to burn fat and drop some water weight.  Usually, the most tempting time of the weekends is the late afternoon or evening when having dinner or going out so put your mornings and early afternoons to work for you.  

Eat low carb all day starting with eggs for breakfast but skipping the starch and fruit and having some protein with a salad or steamed veggies for lunch.  You could even try some intermittent fasting, skipping breakfast, and not start eating until midday, keeping to the low carb options.  This will better allow your body to burn fat all day and drop some of the water weight you may have picked up from eating carbs and salty food the night before.

This also limits the time you have to indulge in “off plan” eating to just the evenings, providing some damage control.  Of course, the ideal plan would be to stick to your eating plan all weekend except for one cheat meal, not day, but every weekend won’t be perfect.  By the way, alcohol will have less of a fat storage effect if you’re not eating carbs while your drinking.  

Improve Aerobic Metabolism with Intermittent Fasting

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Intermittent fasting provides a longer fasted period during the day during which your body has to rely more on fat stores. This may take a couple weeks to get used to at first, but your body will get more efficient at releasing and using stored fat for fuel and will supply your energy needs until your first meal, usually around lunch time. Ideally you want to have about a 16 hour window from the last time you ate the day before until your first meal the next day.

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