But Laura, how else am I supposed to burn calories from yesterday? ✋🏻🙄
I can’t believe diet culture has spewed such bullshit information without any consideration for female physiology.
Whether your goal is to lose weight, feel better, balance hormones, fix your gut, lessen anxiety or depression, etc.. Working out fasted will not help the situation and will probably make matters worse overtime while it continues to suppress your metabolism.
If I had a dollar for every time a client comes to me feeling like complete shit and puts on a solid amount of weight after months or even years of fasting. I’d be a rich bitch.
Something we fail to recognize is that fasting is a massive stressor. Add this stress on top of all the other stressors we are exposed to from EMFs, blue light, toxin exposure, fight with family or friends, meeting deadlines at work, social media, speaking poorly to yourself, you name it… Hans said it “to be totally without stress, is to be dead.”
Girl, you’re stressed in some way shape or form. The world we live in is stressful.
The female body is super sensitive to stress. And anytime it perceives something as a threat it holds on to weight for dear life and will also start sending you signals that it’s not working through symptoms.
But Laura our ancestors fasted all the time. Oh gosh, silly me. Where our ancestors exposed to all the stressors we are today? NO.
More stress = a higher mineral/ nutrient burn rate aka you require more nutrients, more often.
So let’s cut to the chase, what happens when you fast?
You are forcing your body to go through a super stressful process to create it’s own fuel rather than just giving it what it needs this creates a rise in cortisol. As a result your thyroid activity is suppressed and your hormones are affected, estrogen rises and progesterone drops.
And no, your coffee doesn’t cut it as pre-workout, I don’t care if you put an entire cows worth of creamer in that sucker. Coffee after a full meal, always.
Girlfriend, stop trying to make fasted workouts happen. It’s just not going to happen.
Your body deserves to feel happy, safe and nourished. Don’t force it into an unnecessary famine.