With your cardiovascular exercise workouts, your goal is to burn the maximum amount of body fat during each cardio session. When do you think is the best time to burn the maximum amount of body fat?
Take a guess.
Do you think you’ll maximize fat loss by performing aerobic exercise in the morning, afternoon, night, before a weight lifting workout, after a weight lifting workout, on off days, or some other time?
You want your body to use fat as fuel during cardio, correct? Burning fat directly from your body is your main goal.
This means you want your carbohydrate energy stores to be depleted when you start your cardio session. By having depleted energy stores, you are burning body fat as the source of energy from the very beginning of the cardio session and not carbohydrates. You burn more fat throughout the entire session by beginning with depleted energy stores.
You also want insulin to be at a minimal level when performing cardio for maximum fat loss.
Insulin is released when you eat. This means you don’t want to do cardio directly after eating.
This includes any drinks that are going to raise your insulin levels. Pure water is the only thing that works here. Not coffee with cream and sugar. Not some sugary sports drink or soda. Not
tea with honey added. I’m talking water ONLY.
Cardio first thing in the morning on an empty stomach is the absolute best time for burning the maximum amount of fat. Your carbohydrate stores will be depleted, and you haven’t eaten for
at least 8 hours or more so your insulin levels will be minimized.
From the very beginning of a morning cardio session, you will be burning fat. You’ll burn more fat in less time.
As you can see, I recommend both weight lifting and cardio in the morning. You will have a pre-workout shake before your weight lifting workouts and only water before your cardiovascular