If you’ve read my blog posts it’s no secret that I’m not a huge fan of cardio, unless it is done in an interval fashion. A question came to me the other day though of what to eat before an early morning cardio session. To be completely honest I never really considered it because I, for the most part, don’t do cardio unless it is achieved by sprinting (not really cardio since it’s anaerobic) or metabolic circuits (even less like cardio).
About a month ago, I put up a 2-Part post about the benefits of sleep as well as how to time your nutrients to attain the best method for fat loss (Part 1 : http://wp.me/p49Iw6-6F and Part 2 : http://wp.me/p49Iw6-7p). You’ll notice by reading these articles that if you restore your glycogen stores before bed, you’ll limit how much catabolism of protein occurs in your body and if you get enough sleep, your body will start burning visceral belly fat for energy. This process continues on for hours into the early morning, but can be stopped if you ingest a carbohydrate source prior to the morning run.
Now, for athletes and the performance minded folks, ingesting carbs before a run or cardio session is a great idea, but if our main goal is fat reduction, it wouldn’t make sense to fuel the body with carbohydrates, especially for body-builders, physique competitors, and those most concerned with their aesthetics. In my opinion, it would be wiser to take an amino acid and b-vitamin supplement roughly 30 minutes prior to the run to help limit protein catabolism and give you enough sustained energy to complete the bout of cardio. Replenishing your body with much needed carbohydrates after the workout will replenish those glycogen stores and aid in protein synthesis. This is amongst many of the reasons why I feel the latest research debunks the myth of carbohydrates in the morning, and pushes for more of a focus to limit carb intake in the morning and replenish your body with carbs later in the day.
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