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Exercising Fasted

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Created May 25, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Due to my schedule I don't have a good time to work out fasted. I have to be up by 5:45 am (and I'm not getting up any earlier) pick up my child from daycare after a full day at work then we don't eat dinner until 7-730. I don't want to eat at 9 as I don't like to sleep on a full stomach. Is not working out fasted going to make this pointless?? I could probabaly workout fasted on the weekend but not during the week.

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on May 26, 2011
at 05:52 PM

Ha Kent, I've actually had my girlfriend climb on my back for pushups -- though with her legs still touching the ground, so I only get some of the weight. Then she can sort of shift more or less weight onto my back as needed. Sort of like giving someone a spot. Very fun, but very difficult.

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on May 25, 2011
at 07:20 PM

I think I could get in some basic moves. Pushups, squats, lunges, tricep dips.

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on May 25, 2011
at 06:31 PM

I've often had my 3 year old lie on my back with his arms around my neck while I'm doing pushups - harder to do too many and thus more workout in less time :) (We also did that during a playdate and the 4 year old who was over was quite a bit heavier!). I've also used my toddler (when he was younger) for 'good mornings', but he's too light for that these days.

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on May 25, 2011
at 04:36 PM

I could probably get in a quick strength workout before dinner and then do my cardio after dinner. I think I could keep the 3 year old occupied long enough for that. Perhaps have her do the squats and push ups with me. That might help my muscles tone up faster if I do the weights then eat.

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on May 25, 2011
at 01:54 PM

OK, cool. The best recommendation I can give in a one liner is as follows - Get your sleep (around 8hrs, fully blacked out room) and stress levels under control, it's critical. Cut out all grains, sugar & process foods. Get the rest of your diet dialed in. Once you're kicking butt with all that, then maybe re-visit fasting.

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on May 25, 2011
at 01:44 PM

Thanks! I'm glad someone else has a "real" life and doesn't have time to devote to hours of fitness. My hubby works a little longer schedule during the week (M-Th) so he typically gets home about 7. We try and eat right away. Then by 8 I'm trying to work out. I try and do laundry, pick up, bathe the toddler before dinner so that after dinner it's just put the dishes away and my husband usually puter her to bed so I can work out.

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on May 25, 2011
at 01:37 PM

My current weight is 154 and I would like to be 140. I walk 30 to 45 minutes 3 to 4 times a week and do some strength training a few times a week. I'm not an athlete, I don't cross fit.

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on May 25, 2011
at 01:36 PM

I want to lose about 15 pounds. Just be more fit and toned and get back to my prebaby weight that I was comfortable at. It seems like some of the Paleo books, sites, are more geared toward athletes and performance. Currently I walk for 30 to 45 minutes on my treadmill 3 to 4 times a week and do some strength training a few times a week. I have only recently been experimenting with Paleo as I want to lose this weight faster than what I have been.

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on May 25, 2011
at 01:02 PM

this depends entirely on your goals and your current state with body comp, weight. Also, what type of "exercise" are you talking about. You need a lot more details than what you have provided.

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07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on May 25, 2011
at 01:33 PM

You're practically describing my weekday schedule, with a few tweaks. Wake up at 5:45 to get everyone fed, pottied (a toddler and an infant at home), dressed, and out the door by 6:50. Commute to work, work a full day, rush home to get food cooking at 4:30, on the table at 5:00, and then bedtime for the kids at 6:00ish. I usually concentrate on protein for this meal.

What I often do is wait until 8p or 9p to do any workouts, and then have some kind of meal/snack afterwards. Protein & carbs after a strength workout, protein & fats after an endurance workout.

One day last week I changed it up a little - while I was waiting for the pork chops and shredded brussels sprouts to cook, I did some supersets of pushups and pullups, after having fasted since the previous night's dinner (or post workout meal, I forget), and that seemed to work really well.

I don't always have the time to sneak in a quick workout while I'm cooking, but I think I'll try to make time as often as I can.

As to the other part of your question, I still had plenty of success with my main schedule, i.e. not working out fully fasted.

Ea36147178112f8793341ec7a01c531d

(102)

on May 25, 2011
at 04:36 PM

I could probably get in a quick strength workout before dinner and then do my cardio after dinner. I think I could keep the 3 year old occupied long enough for that. Perhaps have her do the squats and push ups with me. That might help my muscles tone up faster if I do the weights then eat.

Ea36147178112f8793341ec7a01c531d

(102)

on May 25, 2011
at 01:44 PM

Thanks! I'm glad someone else has a "real" life and doesn't have time to devote to hours of fitness. My hubby works a little longer schedule during the week (M-Th) so he typically gets home about 7. We try and eat right away. Then by 8 I'm trying to work out. I try and do laundry, pick up, bathe the toddler before dinner so that after dinner it's just put the dishes away and my husband usually puter her to bed so I can work out.

Ea36147178112f8793341ec7a01c531d

(102)

on May 25, 2011
at 07:20 PM

I think I could get in some basic moves. Pushups, squats, lunges, tricep dips.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on May 25, 2011
at 06:31 PM

I've often had my 3 year old lie on my back with his arms around my neck while I'm doing pushups - harder to do too many and thus more workout in less time :) (We also did that during a playdate and the 4 year old who was over was quite a bit heavier!). I've also used my toddler (when he was younger) for 'good mornings', but he's too light for that these days.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on May 26, 2011
at 05:52 PM

Ha Kent, I've actually had my girlfriend climb on my back for pushups -- though with her legs still touching the ground, so I only get some of the weight. Then she can sort of shift more or less weight onto my back as needed. Sort of like giving someone a spot. Very fun, but very difficult.

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on May 25, 2011
at 01:20 PM

It's not exactly clear when you plan to workout? Currently, after your dinner?

Either which way if you're reffering to 'this' as paleo, then there is absolutely no need to exercise fasted to benefit from a paleo diet. In fact many arguments could be made to not exercise fasted.

So don't sweat it. Eat paleo, exercise when you can, don't worry about the fasting if you can't fit it in - depending on who you are and what you're trying to do it's possibly overrated.

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

(5242)

on May 25, 2011
at 01:54 PM

OK, cool. The best recommendation I can give in a one liner is as follows - Get your sleep (around 8hrs, fully blacked out room) and stress levels under control, it's critical. Cut out all grains, sugar & process foods. Get the rest of your diet dialed in. Once you're kicking butt with all that, then maybe re-visit fasting.

Ea36147178112f8793341ec7a01c531d

(102)

on May 25, 2011
at 01:36 PM

I want to lose about 15 pounds. Just be more fit and toned and get back to my prebaby weight that I was comfortable at. It seems like some of the Paleo books, sites, are more geared toward athletes and performance. Currently I walk for 30 to 45 minutes on my treadmill 3 to 4 times a week and do some strength training a few times a week. I have only recently been experimenting with Paleo as I want to lose this weight faster than what I have been.

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