There are many different ways one can try and lose fat. Fasted cardio, doing cardio on an empty stomach, is one such way. However, it turns out, fasted cardio doesn’t live up to the hype. If you are a body builder, who needs protein to build muscles, fasted cardio is not for you. There are many reasons for not engaging in fasted cardio. Breaking down protein, and not using fat for energy are just a few.
- When you perform fasted cardio, any calories you burn are limited to those that you burned during your exercise session.
- One of the biggest disadvantages of fasted cardio, in particular for bodybuilders, is that it breaks down protein. Protein can be broken down via all forms of cardio, but it is more significant during fasted cardio.
- The idea of performing low-intensity cardio has been around for a long time. It’s better than not exercising at all, but there are more efficient ways to burn body fat.
“When someone performs fasted cardio, they perform cardio exercises after a long period of going without food. Most who perform fasted cardio do so the first thing in the morning before having breakfast.”