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Life After the HCG Diet: Maintaining Your Weight Loss with a Fasted Morning Cardio Workout

Life After the HCG Diet: Maintaining Your Weight Loss with a Fasted Morning Cardio Workout

You are probably feeling very satisfied after you have attained your desired weight loss goals using the hCG diet. Undoubtedly, it has taken a great deal of commitment on your part to shed the pounds so now you are faced with life after the hCG diet. At this point, you have undergone the final phase of the hCG diet, and you have learned how to maintain your weight. It is time to start exploring healthy lifestyle changes such as incorporating an exercise regimen into your daily routine. At first, you might wonder what kind of exercise you should be performing on a regular basis to stay physically fit. One of the hottest workouts that many people are talking about is the fasted morning cardio. 


What is a Fasted Morning Cardio Workout? 


You might be wondering, what is a fasted morning cardio workout? Well, it is not exactly a ‘new’ idea. Athletes, bodybuilders, and fitness enthusiasts have been performing cardio in the early morning hours before eating for years. It is believed that the combination of workout and fasting help the body shed any unwanted fat before it has a chance to build upon the body. Most people will perform 20 minutes high impact aerobic exercise upon waking before they consume any food. Over time, as your body gets used to working out, you can push the workout time to 60 minutes. In the morning, the body’s low glycogen levels help push the body to burn unwanted fat. The workout regime is not about burning fat if you are overweight but about keeping fat off if you are at target weight. Fasted morning cardio is a maintenance exercise protocol that is ideal for someone who merely wants to stay healthy, build muscle, and not gain unwanted weight. In many cases, it is perfect for someone who has lost weight during the hCG diet and wants to keep the pounds off for a lifetime. 


The Steps of Fasted Morning Cardio 


Every morning, before ingesting any foods or liquids, you should focus on pushing your body with some form of high-intensity cardio for 15 to 20 minutes. If you are not physically ready for high-intensity cardio, then you can choose to undergo low-to-moderate intensity steady-state cardio which does not push your body to extremes. It is often perfect for a person who is new to fasted morning cardio. During the entire workout session, do not hesitate to consume water to stay hydrated. Many people also drink a cup of coffee an hour before working out. However, you should abstain from using any sugar, milk, or sweeteners in the beverage. 


Types of Early Morning Cardio Exercises


If you decide that a fasted morning cardio workout is the perfect option to maintain your weight loss, build muscle, and improve your physical health, then you will need to choose a cardio exercise. You might want to consider using stationary bike, elliptical or running session on a treadmill. Other forms of aerobic exercise that increase your heart rate are also acceptable. You can even do a combination of exercises. Whatever exercise you choose, it must quickly increase your heart rate to be effective. After performing a fasted morning cardio workout, you should eat a healthy breakfast within 20 to 30 minutes. Ideally, the breakfast should consist of lean proteins and low carbohydrates to help you feel energized and satisfied. 


Once you successfully complete the hCG diet, you might decide that you want to undergo another round to lose even more weight. If you are ready to again embark on the hCG diet to shed additional pounds, then please contact the medical experts at Nu Image Medical.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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