Breakfast is still the most important meal of the day, but getting in your workout beforehand can provide greater weight loss benefits.
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A study published by The Journal of Physiology tested three groups to see which offered the most weight saving techniques. All three teams consumed equally, but only two groups worked out heavily — one in the morning before breakfast, and one after breakfast. The results indicated that the individuals with a carbohydrate-rich diet gained more weight working out after their early morning meal. Here's why:
[E] xercising in a fasted state (usually possible only before breakfast) coaxes the body to burn a greater percentage of fat for fuel during vigorous exercise, instead of relying primarily on carbohydrates. When you burn fat, you obviously don't store it in your muscles.
If your morning routine already consists of working out, it's definitely something to keep in mind. For those of you with routines later in the day, it's no reason to change up the routine just yet.
If you're putting this into practice, or already have, let us know how it's going in the comments.
Phys Ed: The Benefits of Exercising Before Breakfast [via The New York Times]