Cardio workouts are intense and excellent for burning fat. While many criticize the approach of fasting during a cardio workout, researchers in the United Kingdom have discovered a 20% increase in fat reduction if this method is followed.

Performing cardio combined with a fast in the morning is believed to be most effective, as opposed to later in the day. Why? Because during sleep your body stores away carbohydrates, while simultaneously breaking down amino acids, which offers you carbs, glucose and healthy fats to keep up your energy levels during the workout. In order to combine burn fat as well as build up muscles, you should include whey protein in your diet, as this will help increase muscle mass.

Different Opinions

Dr. Jim Stoppani explains on his website that the cardio fast is—and isn’t—the best solution. As with all dietary and exercise regimens and techniques, it highly depends on the person’s unique physiology and needs. However, Dr. Stoppani does make it clear that cardio fasting can work for some people. For others, High-Intensity Interval Training (without fasting) is a better option.

Fasting Cardio CombinationOne thing to remember is that cardio fasting alone is not enough for successful weight loss. A healthy diet is key no matter which regimen you follow. Eating McDonald’s and drinking Coca-Cola every day is sure to either increase–or at least make it impossible to cut down on—fat, regardless of how hard you pound at the gym on a daily basis.

The body stores fats during resting periods. Example: if you eat a huge breakfast of eggs, toast, bacon, fruit, pancakes, etc., and then go back to bed, every ounce of the food you just ate will be stored as excess fat in the body. Whereas if you eat breakfast and then workout, your body will use the fuel to give you more energy and burn off the excess. So whether you fast or not, the general consensus is that you need to consider what the rest of your daily food intake looks like.

On the other hand, fitness author Michael Matthews explains haw fasting during cardio works in easy-to-understand, scientific terms on his website. Matthews also states that contrary to popular belief, it isn’t so much about what you eat as the amount, and what you do to burn it.

What Steps You Should Take First?

So with all the conflicting opinions on the internet and in books, with all the experts disagreeing with researchers, or agreeing with them, how can you possibly know if fasting during cardio is going to work for you? Simple: try it. See what happens.

As long as you’re smart about it (i.e., eating healthy after your workout and being sure to stock up on protein), you won’t lose anything (other than, hopefully, some fat of course). Everyone is different, and while there are always naysayers, there are ten more who have tried the process and found that it worked perfectly for them.

Find a gym, if you don’t already have one. Consult a trainer. Look at your current state of health, and evaluate your eating habits carefully, and then go for it. You may find that it’s the best solution for you.