We’ve all seen them; the people who are in the gym day in day out, month after month, making little progress in the fight against body fat. Fat burning can be a complex issue for many people. Initially body fat seems easy to shed if you increase your aerobic activity a little more than normal. However, what do you do when you’ve made some progress, but can’t get to the next level? We’ve all seen incredibly skinny people spending two hours doing cardio, yet they have no shape or tone.

Most people ask me, “when is the BEST time to do cardio?” Basically, there is NO ideal time to engage in aerobic or cardiovascular training. However, the ideal program is one that you will enjoy, as you’ll be much less ikely to avoid it when there’s something more interesting to do. Many fitness professionals (including me) suggest doing cardio first thing in the morning before your first meal. The advantage of performing cardiovascular exercise in the morning is that it helps burn off fat stored overnight and helps kickstart your metabolism for the rest of the day. Cardio uses body fat as fuel and the amount of carbohydrate in the bloodstream influences your body’s ability to maximise fat burning. If there are a lot of carbs in your bloodstream from a recent meal, then fat burning decreases. If there are minimal carbs in your blood, fat burning skyrockets.

That’s what makes cardio in the morning on an empty stomach so effective. Having no carbs in the blood, especially after an overnight fast, elevates your ability to melt away body fat. Alternatively, working out later in the day burns off the calories you’ve consumed in your meals, and can be used as a form of stress release for many people.

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