I've had some cortisol issues in the past and I am finally starting to get back to normal. I do like training first thing in the morning on occasion, but I am worried it will cause my cortisol issues to come back? I know your cortisol levels should be at it's highest first thing in the morning, but does training on an empty stomach in the morning cause someone with a history of cortisol problems more problems?
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on June 13, 2011
at 01:59 AM
i have a similar issue, and from my own experience i would suggest that fasted work out is fine ONLY IF you do not eat anything (particularly carbs) immediately afterward: forget about post-workout nutrition advice, as it is not for metabolically and hormonally 'broken' people
on August 08, 2011
at 08:08 AM
I used to have to eat before exercise, but gradually changed to fasting before and then eating after. The first few workouts were a little rough (uneven energy, not much endurance) but eventually got a lot better.
Now I can easily do a 20-35 minute intense workout (kettlebells, floor exercises, burpees, abs) fasted. For me I think that this burns more fat, and is also convenient (can work out first thing in the morning). This took a few weeks to really become comfortable but I am glad I stuck with it.
Now, I don't feel that I need to eat right after exercising either, I am a little hungry but can wait. Like I will often wake up, have just some coffee for breakfast, work out at around 11-11:30, then have lunch at 1 or 2.
I think this has helped my overall mood and energy (i.e. Cortisol). One theory is that I have trained myself to burn stored fat for workouts rather than requiring food.
on May 01, 2011
at 11:47 PM
Likely. It depends on duration , intensity, time and type of exercise and th amount of cortisol usually secreted. The hormones relationship with testosterone- it is claimed- is antagonistic: one is elevated to reduce the other's influence and vice versa up to a certain point. What determines that point is physiology("of the individual"). Boost your test and thereby reduce your cortisol, or don't train under those conditions.