Do High Intensity Workouts Cause Muscle Breakdown? #LLTV Q&A Ep. 05


Muscle breakdown, fasted cardio, alcohol, hunger, bodyweight workouts

On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m answering 5 excellent viewer questions on camera including, do high intensity workouts cause muscle breakdown?

Welcome to episode 5 of our #LLTV Q&A series.

This is where I take your questions and I answer them in a video, within 5 minutes.

Lets get right into today’s 5 questions:

1. Do high intensity workouts cause muscle breakdown?

2. Is empty stomach cardio more effective than fueled cardio?

3. Is beer healthy?

4. How do you fight hunger due to a higher metabolism?

5. Can you build muscle with bodyweight workouts?

Be sure to keep reading to learn all my answers to these questions.

Do High Intensity Workouts Cause Muscle Breakdown?

Question #1:

Does doing high intensity workouts, too often, breakdown muscle? I’m scared I might be over training and slowing my progress.

Well it really depends, because any type of workout that you do with weights, is going to breakdown muscle.

That’s key, because that what you actually want.

In order for your muscles to grow bigger and stronger, you first need to breakdown the muscles.

Do High Intensity Workouts Cause Muscle Breakdown?

Then after your workout, it’s important to feed your body the proper nutrients, the proper supplementation, and get the proper rest.

Following these steps will then help grow your muscles, and become stronger.

Question #2:

What is your take on empty stomach cardio in the morning, for one day per week?

Isn’t that the key question.

If I could tell you guys the top three questions that i always get, fasted cardio versus fueled cardio would probably be one of the top questions.

So here’s my answer to it.

“Study A” will tell you this, while “Study B” will tell you that.

There’s really no right answer in my opinion.

Do High Intensity Workouts Cause Muscle Breakdown?

You have to find what works for you.

If you wake up in the morning and go to the gym, but you don’t have the energy to get through a cardio workout, eat something.

If you can go to the gym on an empty stomach, and you’re seeing results, keep doing it.

Do High Intensity Workouts Cause Muscle Breakdown?

You just have to test things out because everybody is different.

If one way works for you, and you get results, stick with it, and forget what everybody else is saying.

Find what works for you and stick with it.

Personally, empty stomach cardio does work for me as I’ve seen the best results from that.

Do High Intensity Workouts Cause Muscle Breakdown?

But I’m also excited to go to gym.

So when I wake up in the morning, and I don’t have any fuel in me, I don’t need it.

I want results, so I’m going to get my butt in the gym.

Question #3:

I saw alcoholic beverages in a workout magazine where it said beer was good for you?


Beer good for you as fitness person?

Well you have to remember magazines are in the business of selling advertising.

So what this ad was probably saying is “Beer A” is probably healthier than “Beer B”, because maybe it’s lower in calories and lower in carbs.

Which Alcohol Is Good For Weight Loss?

That’s probably what the magazine was referring too.

Is beer healthy for you?


Should you drink beer every single day?


What Is The Healthiest Alcohol To Drink On A Diet?

But is beer alright to have it on occasion when you’re Living Lean?


But if you’re looking for the healthiest form of alcohol, I did a Food Wars episode on what is the healthiest alcohol to drink on a diet.

I tell you best type of alcohol to have on occasion, when you’re Living Lean.

Lets keep this going.

Question #4:

You said building muscle burns calories all day and speeds up your metabolism. But how do I handle the hunger that comes with a fast metabolism?

Great question because I feel your pain.

Anytime I go through a heavy leg workout or a high intensity interval training session, I’m starving the whole day.

But the key to this, is to not binge on the quick junk food that maybe sitting on your shelves.

How To Stop Your Cravings For Junk Food

The key is to fuel your muscles and your body with foods high protein and healthy fat.

Those two macronutrients are the most satiating forms of calories that you can eat.

So feed your body with whole foods that are mainly comprised of protein and fat.

That will keep you feeling full for longer periods of time.

This will also reduce your cravings for sugary refined carbohydrates.

By binging on unhealthy food, it will take you further away from your goals, and ruin all that hard work you put in at the gym.

Always stick with high protein foods and healthy fats when you’re feeling hungry.

Last question.

Question #5:

Can I build muscle with my bodyweight?

Yes you can, to a point.

Building muscle is all about overloading the muscle with more weight.

If you’re just starting off, and you’re doing bodyweight exercises, that’s a new stimulus that your body is not used to.

This means you will be building muscle.

Do High Intensity Workouts Cause Muscle Breakdown?

However, after you get to a point where you can’t keep progressing, you’re going to potentially plateau.

That’s when you’re going to need to add more weight to the exercises, to increase the amount of weight that your body is used to lifting.

So there you go.

That’s 5 questions answered in 5 minutes.


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