I almost always train in a fasted state whenever possible.
When I first entertained the idea of fasted training, I thought that it would hinder my strength levels and overall ability to withstand a grueling workout.
I was wrong.
While fasted training may not be for everybody, it was a marvelous step for me in terms of improvement of body-composition, hormonal response, and even strength gain.
Pushing back your first meal helps to give flexibility to your post workout meals, keeps you in a fat-burning stasis longer, promotes optimal hormonal response and from my perspective actually can set you up for improved strength gains.
As I mentioned, I wasn’t real keen on the idea of training with no calories in my system at first.
I remember a time of even drinking milk right before and during my training when I was first starting out for fear of muscle-wasting( talk about discomfort.)
It may take a little while to get used to if you have trained fed in the past, but I really can’t stress enough how much this change has helped in my pursuit of functional aesthetics.
I won’t claim to have complete knowledge of the exact biophysical science, but my “gut” tells me it is all about my “gut.”
If my digestive system is employed with the process of breaking down food—-which it would be doing for many hours after a meal that energy, blood-flow etc. would be of course utilized in those processes.
If my digestive system is “clean” so to speak, in just standard mode, (along with the natural hormonal response that being fasted and then training in that state results in) all my energy and focus both in a mental and physical sense can target the tasks at hand (the workout.)
I also find that a cup or two of black coffee helps pre-workout as it gives a little energy boost and also can be an appetite suppressant.
So, what does a typical post-workout meal look like?
- 5 whole farm-fresh eggs (scrambled)
- 2 pieces of Ezekiel Bread or oatmeal bread with peanut butter and 1/4 cup of cashews
- 6 tabs of fish oil
- A multi-vitamin
- 5000 i.u. of Vitamin D
I usually eat 2-3 times per day depending upon my schedule.
So, if you’re inclined give fasted-training a try. It just may be that next step for you in the quest for functional aesthetics!