If you’ve ever tried intermittent fasting using the Eat Stop Eat system then you’ll know that at the end of a fast you can almost feel the fat being burnt off as you body has used up its glucose stores and starts hitting the fat stores to give you some much needed energy.
It’s an amazing feeling. But did you know that this is also one of the best times to do a workout.
Now that your body is in the fat burning zone and is using fat stores for energy you are now a fat burning machine and if you do a workout your body will go into fat burning over drive.
Now you may be thinking that a workout after not eating for 24 hours seems impossible and possibly even dangerous but this isn’t true, your body will have plenty of energy from your fat stores to get you through the workout. I have done it many times and find it very safe.
The feeling after doing Eat Stop Eat for 23-24 hours and then doing a workout is amazing but how often should you do this?
Well when I was trying to lose weight with intermittent fasting using the Eat Stop Eat system I was fasting 2-3 days per week and I would exercise at the end of every fast. I was able to get great results doing this.
At the start of the program I was working out every day on fasting and non fasting days but as I started to lose weight I realized that I needed some recovery days so I would only workout on fasting days to get the maximum fat burn.
Now that I’ve finished trying to lose weight and I’m trying to maintain my weight I exercise almost every day simply because I’m not on a calories deficit and I have the energy to do it.
I also love exercise now because it has many health benefits other than just weight loss. Personally I love a morning workout but on the one day a week that I fast I workout at the end of it. That is my favorite workout of the week.
So how often you workout I think depends on how much energy you have. If you’re fasting 2-3 times per week then try to get a workout in at the end of you fast and then take a break from exercise on the other days and see how it goes from there.