CheckPoint 1: Cardio Empty Stomach Vs Post-Workout for Maximum Fat Burn


This is an update on the last week post I did on doing cardio empty stomach vs post workout in order to identify which is the best time to maximize the fat burning process. If you want to read the details from research paper and why we decided to do this test on ourselves, please click here.

Lets dive straight into the current progress. Doing cardio in morning is much harder than I thought. Not only because I am not a morning person, but also because I have a 3 month old son. He gets up at 6:00 AM and has more energy that I have entire day. As me and my wife have divided the work among us, morning is my time to feed him, change his diaper and rock him to sleep. After this, squeezing 45 minutes of cardio before getting ready and heading off to work is bit more tricky that I thought it would. But nevertheless, I still managed to do cardio 5 days in this week.

The starting weight on 30th May 2016 was 183.4 lbs and week ended with 182.8 lbs i.e. 0.4% in week 1. The chart below denotes last week weight progress.

week1wt

The energy level throughout the week was pretty consistent too.

week1el

Looking at 2 charts, one thing that can be deduced is that on days when I did cardio, I definitely saw a weight drop. However, from our last post, we are more interested in finding out if cardio done at lowest energy level burns more calories. BTW, I am only reporting my cardio progress here, but I am still performing my strength training routines 3 times per week in the evening. This week, the strength training was done on 5/30, 6/1 and 6/2. Thats why I had to take a break on 6/3 to recover.

The current data set is too small to make any co-relation w.r.t to energy level. So I will continue to record my progress for next week and see if we can conclude something.

On side note, during the days of low energy such as 6/4/16, I realized that I had to push myself to finish the workout. I did grab the support bar on treadmill more than other days and was constantly looking at the clock. This may be an indication that in low energy state, your body burns more calories because it has break the fat reserve to produce more energy to be able sustain a workout. Not only its hard physically to finish a workout, its also hard psychologically.

But the data set is too small to reach any conclusions. We have to wait for more data. So I will report back next week with new findings. Till then, happy lifting.

Mayank

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