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    Any thought on lifting in a fasted state? Like, an hour after waking up after a brief warm-up?


    I figure it's sorta like grok hunting first thing in the morning...


    good for: fat burning, muscle building or not at all/avoid at all costs?


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    There's a lot of research on this subject that shows that lifting heavy weight in a fasted state increases the release of growth hormones in the body. This is a good thing.


    So, in general, it could be to your benefit to lift while in a fasted state.


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    I saw, though alot seem to advocate either a meal 2 hours before or a high-carb meal after hmm.


    What if Grok got unlucky ei?


    Am so trying this tomorrow *crosses fingers


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    I think, "all the advice" aside, that it totally depends on how you do.


    Personally I always strength train on an "empty stomach." Since I train at night I'm only "fasted" for 5-6 hours. If I have eaten 2 hours prior, even 3-4 hours prior, no matter how little I've eaten I'm too full = I have less energy & throw up a little ;o)


    My body feels awesome during and after a workout with no immediate "fuel." I also know you're "supposed to eat to refuel just after a workout," but that's something my body rejects too (as is breakfast first thing in the morning).


    I end up fasting 5-6 hours prior, 1-2 hours during, 8 hours sleeping. I'd never added it up before, but I guess that's at least a 12 hour fast per day. Weird!


    I think it mostly depends on your body. Advice is pretty irrelevant if it doesn't work for you.


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    Yep; it's all about what works for you. I work out first thing in the morning, always on an empty stomach, and it works great for me.


    I do a thorough warm-up, of course, taking care to make sure my spine is ready for any heavy lifting I'm going to do; lots of dynamic stretching, walking, etc.


    I'm a "morning person", too, so it works for me. I actually can't stand working out in the afternoon/evenings any more; I just don't feel fresh then. It's like my mind prefers the blank slate of the morning.


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    I am also a fan of it. I had a trainer from my workout forum lambaste me for doing it, so I started to eat before and after and not only did it make me sick, but my fat-loss results were a tad stalled too.


    I just 'feel' better on a fasted workout, even when lifting really heavy weights. Like I have even more energy.


    Mark did say that those 'Ketones' are little power-houses of energy, compared to the normal glucose that your body would consume from your diet instead...right?


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    I've been experimenting with this a little lately. I find my workouts are great in the morning on an empty stomach, if I workout after food I feel I can't lift as heavy and can feel a bit nauseated.


    If I workout 5-6hours after lunch so 6pm ish I feel it's the best workout I ever have and I feel very energized afterwards then cook myself dinner. Plus side of that is everyone is home having dinner and watching the news so the gym is practically empty


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    Just finished! Sharp decline in output around the 40 minute mark though, not that's that a bad thing...


    Any preference on a post-workout meal to optimize fatloss? I just had 600g of beef round + flaxseed oil.


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    Like the first response mentioned, there is a lot of research to show benefits to working out in a fasted state.


    Personally, I have exercised in a fasted state for over 6 months. I'm usually not in a rush to eat after the workout, either.


    And finally, IMO, you should be exercising with weights (safely) in a manner that is so intense you'll throw up if you have ANYthing in your stomach, even a small bit of fruit.


    Well, imo, and with best results in mind. So, it makes sense to eat with nothing in there.


    -Anthony


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    I ususally eat some fruit and almonds about 90 min prior... but that's just me


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