Is morning training the secret to fat loss?
When it comes to weight loss, the first piece of advice you hear is “cut down on your food, and skip breakfast.” Although the idea of skipping breakfast looks tasty, it does you more harm than good in the long run. With no breakfast, you don’t have the energy to carry out your morning training, and this could increase muscle loss, and decrease your efficiency. The combination of these points means your fat loss program won’t give you any results.
However, there is a better way. You don’t have to skip breakfast to lose weight. You can carry out your training in the morning, eat breakfast, and still lose weight. What you need to do is quite simple; Eat protein before you workout.
You want to burn fat, and increase your fat loss? Then eat as much as 20 to 25 grams of protein (deli meats, chicken, whey protein, or lean meat) before you workout, and use any of the two strategies below.
Lower-intensity (only for times when doing morning workouts)
This refers to training with low amounts of carbs. When you eat carbohydrates, your body either stores them up or uses them as glycogen (body fuel) for later use. In training low, your body uses the stored carbs rather than what you eat in the morning.
When you sleep, your body uses a good amount of glycogen to maintain energy levels. When glycogen is in limited supply, your body has to look for energy in fats. This is the advantage of training low. Your body ends up burning fat, rather than glycogen in your muscles.
On your “training low days,” focus on cardiovascular exercise rather than lifting. For days when you are not training low, then high-intensity exercises like powerlifting would be ideal. Generally, your body uses stored carbs as fuel when you increase the intensity of your training. So, doing any high-intensity workout on your “train low” days will compromise your efforts.
Take advantage of Medium-Chain Triglycerides
Start your day with a low-carb; high protein meal can help your fat loss goals. The reason why such combo works is that it facilitates the break down of fat stored in the body. This breakdown of fats stored by the body can be expedited using Medium-chain Triglycerides. MCT can be gotten from dairy products or even coconut oil. MCTs are also available in the form of supplements.
The presence of MCTs in the body means your body has more energy it needs for your morning training while leading to more fat burnout.
How does it work?
- Stop eating from 8pm.
- Have 2 glasses of water in the morning.
- A sugarless caffeine drink (example coffee, pre-workout, tea, etc)
- Then complete a shestough workout routine.
- Remember to stay hydrated!
- Consume foods again by 1:00pm