EP148: Should you do fasted workouts if you want to gain muscle?

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Why skipping breakfast is preventing you from gaining muscle…

You are always burning some level of carbs, fat, and protein throughout the day.

Ideally, though, you want to utilize primarily carbohydrates because it’s going to help preserve your muscle mass.

When your body doesn’t have enough carbohydrates and it’s out of glycogen stores (glucose/sugar is your body’s main/favorite source of energy), it will break down muscle as fuel.

(Your body can’t regulate blood sugar with fat; it needs sugar.)

In order to produce carbohydrates (or glucose), amino acids that are stored in muscle are broken down through a process called ‘gluconeogenesis.’

Your body literally breaks down muscle to create fuel!

I actually see this all the time with women who are under-eating or following a low-carb diet.

Their body is basically learning to break down muscle in order to help regulate their blood sugar because they’re not fueling their bodies properly.

These are the women who, even if they’re weight training, don’t ever make any gains. It’s a circular process where they build a little muscle, break it down, build a little more, break it down, etc.

Sometimes, you even see them get flabbier as they train because they just keep putting more and more stress upon their system because their body has to constantly utilize its own resources to try to regulate itself. Oof.

Simply consuming enough carbohydrates can help you build and maintain muscle!

And, of course, you need muscle to help support a higher metabolic rate. If you want to burn more calories and have a better metabolism, you need lots of muscle!

I also noticed that I can lift heavier and perform better at the gym when I consume enough carbs and calories overall.

HOW TO TRY FASTING WHILE SUPPORTING YOUR HORMONES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCkqb7z_YzU&t=345s

INTERMITTENT FASTING CHEAT SHEET: https://carrots-n-cake.mykajabi.com/intermittent-fasting-hormonal-health-cheat-sheet

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