Oranges, apples, blueberries, dark chocolate, and peanut butter(:
- 1 week ago, If you would've asked me what to do to before a workout, my answer would've been short & simple: Eat.
- "You HAVE TO eat quality foods around 2-3 hours prior to exercising. You need that energy & need something to feed off of. If you don't, you're going to feel like crap." ... Geez, I can't remember how many times I told this to people seeking advice.
- Now I'm not saying I was wrong, I'm just saying I was narrow-minded.
- For the past 6 days, (after some research & having to convince myself) I've been training after completing an 18hr fast. Every day, I start my fast at 8pm. I train (hard) at 1pm the next day & eat my first meal of the day afterward at about 230.
- Not only has fasted training been effective for me in burning fat (I'm already lean at 8-9%BF, but I've lost an additional 3 lbs this week), but I've been amazed at what it's done for my energy levels. My energy is incredibly high when I work out.
- I wish I could explain it in fancy scientific terms, but the best I can do are descriptive adjectives: my energy levels feel vibrant, natural, consistent & plentiful. This is in contrast to what I would feel before when I would eat 2-3 hrs before a workout. Somedays my energy was tremendous, but I felt lethargic on other days. It was inconsistent & it greatly affected my workouts. Being in a caloric deficit mode, it was already tough getting mentally ready to work out, but when my body didn't want to be there either, it made things doubly unenjoyable.
- But not anymore! My energy is AMAZING! I'm doing HIIT workouts, so I'm not slouching through my workouts either. It's just been incredible for me.
- I write all of this not to try to sway or persuade you to try fasted training.
- I write this to advise you to try things with your exercise, nutrition & fitness. Throughout my bodybuilding journey, I've tried tons of new things I thought I would never do. & guess what? A lot of them have worked for my favor. So please do the same. Don't be afraid to research new methods, ask questions & try them out yourself. At the end of the day, different things work for different people. So you might as well try things for yourself & see their effects. If they don't work, then you've lost nothing, but gained a lot of knowledge. If you don't try them, you've gained nothing & aren't expanding your knowledge levels.
- Just do it!
I do miss you.
But that doesn’t matter right?