Toning Down but Bulking UP!!

  • Hoodiestud

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    Mar 27, 2012 6:50 PM GMT
    So i recently read in Men's Health & Fitness Guide book, that one of the best ways to shed fat and tone down, is to go running first thing in the morning and eat afterwards. No usually I've heard that first thing in the morning you are to have a big breakfast full of carbs and proteins, and this idea seems to go against that. It seems to make sense for the most part, but do any of you know if this sounds a little hokie?? THANX!!

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    Mar 27, 2012 6:54 PM GMT
    Try both methods for a few weeks each and see which one works best for you.
  • Hoodiestud

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    Mar 27, 2012 9:22 PM GMT
    What has worked for you??
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    Mar 27, 2012 9:43 PM GMT
    I have read that testosterone levels are highest when you wake up, so that's the best time to weight lift. I, however, am freaking starving when the alarm goes off and I MUST eat immediately, so exercise of any kind is out of the question for me.

    I have read and proved to myself that cardio isn't necessary. The more muscle you build, the more calories you burn even at rest. My cardio is really just hiking in the cayons when the weekends are nice.

    The best thing I have done to tone up is when I'm on a cut I get my carbs down to 200 - 400g per day and avoid sugar.
  • nicelyproport...

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    Mar 27, 2012 10:41 PM GMT
    I run in the morning before eating breakfast. A cup of coffee, and I'm good to go.

    But my goal is to maintain what I've got, not to bulk up or slim down.
  • Hoodiestud

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    Mar 28, 2012 12:20 AM GMT
    ay yi yi, so its really just personal body response
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    Mar 28, 2012 3:26 AM GMT
    Hoodiestud saiday yi yi, so its really just personal body response


    Pretty much.
    Big breakfast puts me to sleep or any big meals. So I tend to eat smaller portions. When I do morning workout, usually protein shake afterwards.

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    Mar 28, 2012 2:42 PM GMT
    inB4 Chuckystud comment on eating moar and lifting medium range weights, and instructing the OP to google sarcoplasmic hypertrophy. ;)
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    Mar 28, 2012 2:47 PM GMT
    I love to work out early in the day. I found that I usually am famished if I haven't eaten something small like an apple &/or a superfood drink to pacify my morning craving; aside from taking a water bottle with me to keep hydrated. I do eat my meal with protein shake after my workouts when I've cooled down properly. But experiment and see what works for your. Then, remember to alter your workout when you begin see your self plateau. icon_wink.gificon_idea.gif

  • Mar 28, 2012 3:05 PM GMT
    The theory is that by doing cardio first thing in the morning before you eat anything is that your body has the lowest level of blood sugars as you are at the end of a long fast. The time between dinner and morning exercise is anywhere from 8 to 12 hours. Since your sugar levels are so low, and these sugars are the first energy source for your body during exertion, your body will begin to burn stored fat as a fuel source earlier in your workout.

    If you do cardio after you eat, then you are primarily burning off the food you just ate and not stored fat.

    I have no idea if any of this is true, but I know doing cardio first thing in the morning works for me. A cup of black coffee with nothing added gives me a boost without adding any blood sugar so I'm off and running.
  • nycbbermus

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    May 15, 2012 4:36 PM GMT
    i would tell you to do the stair stepper first thing in the am before your first meal about 30-45 minutes
    then have your first meal portein and a moderate carb such s cream of wheat or cream of rice if your trying to lean down about 2-3 oz dry measure . protein shoulde be 6-8oz cooked weight

    the rest of your meals should be protein and moderate carbs such as sweet pots or brown rice also have a 1/2 -3/4 cup of veggies
    protein should be chicken or white fish

    if your training dont go past 1 hr and do 30 minutes of cardio after dont do cardio on leg day

    any questions drop me a note
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    May 15, 2012 4:38 PM GMT
    I've seen studies that support both.. and even a variant of a dense meat/fat breakfast that worked for weight loss too.