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30 Jun 2010

Best time for cardio
Good day

I''m 25year old guy, been weight training for bout 4-5months now 2-3 times a week to build muscle. i''ve picked up about 5kg. Last week i started to add some 30 minute cardio 3times a week (this will be on the days i''m not weight training). I''ve been doing this in the eveninig.

The reason for this is to lose some of the fat that goes with gaining weight/building muscle to be bit more lean. Now my question is when is best to do it for best results (in terms of both muscle gain and fat loss) - before i have dinner or after. Currently i have dinner at 7pm and do cardio 7:30-8pm. is this the best option?

Your advice/views on this would be very helpful!!

Thanks!
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Matt

Before dinner probably works better. That's partly theoretical, partly pragmatic. As long as you are taking in enough energy during the day, there's no problem exercising before you eat.

Also, training after pushes your training back very late. Some people would battle with that, but it's more a practical thing than theoretical.

The problem with training soon after training is that you raise your insulin levels by training, and the evidence is that this reduces the reliance on fat as a fuel, so you're probably better off eating after you train, a) so that you replace the energy you've just used, and b) so that you don't shift your body too much to carbs rather than fat.

Good luck
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