Two More Methods to Initiate Fat Loss During Quarantine
Written By Ryan Jansen
The decision to get your body into excellent condition should not be hindered by restrictions and shutdowns! It is time to pull out some more tricks that will help you get to where you want to go despite the lack of resources at your disposal.
Cardio on an Empty Stomach – Harvard Health Publishing, the consumer health education division of Harvard Medical School, recently posted an article involving the benefits of exercise on an empty stomach. In this article, Medical Doctor William Kormos wrote, “Research using healthy young men has shown that doing aerobic exercise when fasting increases the use of stored fat as an energy supply.” The best time to capitalize on exercise during fasting is in the morning as abstinence from food or drink is evident while the individual is asleep. Kormos then wrote, “Another study, also in healthy young men, found that the metabolic changes from exercising in a fasting state help the body use insulin more effectively, which also may delay or prevent diabetes.”
Carb Cycling – Carb cycling is a dietary approach in which you alternate carbohydrate intake on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. A proper approach to carb cycling would aim to time carbohydrate intake to when it provides maximum benefit and omit carbs when they are not needed. Canadian nutritionist and founder of Precision Nutrition, Dr. John Berardi (CSCS) suggests a basic method of carb cycling which involves keeping carbohydrate intake low for five to six days out of the week and ramping it back up (as a refeed day) for one or two days out of the week.
For those on the mission to transform their body or to reach optimal health, the answer resides in the combination of movement and a natural, sound diet. In consideration of health, the application of one without the other is equivalent to sneakers without laces.
Both carb cycling and the performance of cardiovascular exercise on an empty stomach are two effective methods that can be used to diminish body fat during these trying times without the radical alteration of your lifestyle. Once again, make sure to speak to your doctor or healthcare provider before you participate in any alterations of your current diet.
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