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Changing back to HIIT – in a FASTED state?!

Tuesday, July 19, 2005 by  
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Yesterday morning I decided to do my first HIIT workout in (checking logs…) 11 months to the day! I forgot how difficult HIIT is! I’ve definitely lost some aerobic capability doing nothing but LISS (Low Intensity Steady-State) cardio for the past 11 months. Even though yesterday’s workout was painful, I gave it my all. It felt pretty awesome! By the time I was done with my last 100% intensity interval my heart rate was 192 BPM, I was bathed in sweat and I was pretty winded.

Ready for this? I did the workout in a fasted state.

Ok, please calm down. Count to three. Relax…

Yep, nothing seems to get some folks’ blood boiling faster than the subject of cardiovascular exercise for fatloss purposes. After reading many cardio debates on the forum, I suspect arguing about cardio may be more intense than actually doing cardio. I don’t get it, but there it is.

Where was I? Oh yeah. So I did my HIIT cardio in a fasted state yesterday. I think if I did HIIT with anything in my stomach at all, it would be on the floor by the time I was done. I’ve decided to start doing HIIT cardio again because I need to shake things up – my fatloss progress is flat-lined. So, here’s what I’m going to do: As long as I don’t experience any muscle loss, I’m going to continue doing HIIT in a fasted state for the rest of my cut. I measure myself weekly, so if I lose any muscle I’ll know about it quickly. I won’t be changing anything else about my program for this “experiment”. While far from scientific, at least at the end of it I will be able to say “I lost fat and no muscle doing HIIT in a fasted state.” or “I lost muscle doing HIIT cardio in a fasted state.” No matter what happens, you’ll never hear me say that MY results are guaranteed for anyone else out there. Hopefully at least one valuable lesson will be learned from this: we can read all the books and scientific studies we like, and we can debate until the cows come home, but ultimately we’ve got to be willing to try different things for ourselves to see how our OWN body responds. That’s what I do, and I think that attitude has helped me to change my body more than any other factor.

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