Continuing from Part 1, I want to finish up looking at the oft stated, oft repeated, oft reshared statement that “FASTED CARDIO HAS NO BENEFITS FOR FAT LOSS.” Last time I looked at some of the basic biology of fat loss along with how initial bodyfat percentage might impact on where a “bottleneck” might show up.
Following that I started to examine a paper by Escalante and colleague(s?) that also looked at the topic. They started by looking at the acute studies which I don’t find terribly relevant. Then they moved onto the chronic studies which are few and far between.
One was the Ramadan study that was poorly controlled and from which I don’t think you can draw many conclusions. They next looked at meta-analysis of 5 papers pointing out that only 2 of them had BF% as an end goal. Then they began looking at some detail at a single paper, the one that seems to be driving the idea that fasted cardio is useless.… Keep Reading