Study reveals pre-breakfast workouts are the best for fat burning

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There are many benefits to exercising, whether that’s health or mental wellbeing, but many of us want to achieve weight loss.

It can be difficult to plan an exercise regime around a busy schedule, but experts have revealed working out in the morning helps you burn more fat.

Specifically, you should be doing it before you eat your breakfast in the morning, which unfortunately means setting an earlier alarm if you’re not an early bird.

This information comes from a new study by the University of Bath, who took a small sample of 30 obese or overweight men.

They discovered that those who exercised before breakfast burns more fat than eating before heading to the gym.

There’s a good reason for this too - exercising before fueling the body forces it to turn to carbs which are already stored in the body, and turns to fat cells when they’re gone.

As well as this, their risk of diabetes and heart disease was reduced due to the fact not eating breakfast made the men’s muscles more responsive to insulin.


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Insulin controls high blood sugars, so this was an additional health benefit beyond just burning fat. So if you're looking to make your body healthier, a morning workout might be worth including in your next regime.

Exercise physiologist Javier Gonzalez said, “The group who exercised before breakfast increased their ability to respond to insulin, which is all the more remarkable given that both exercise groups lost a similar amount of weight and both gained a similar amount of fitness."

He added, “The only difference was the timing of the food intake.”

Of course, it’s important that you eat a good breakfast post-workout, because your body needs carbs and protein especially to help muscles recover. Why not try the Glycemic Index diet if you want to keep the pounds off?

It’s recommended that morning workouts should be a little gentler if you’re choosing to do it before having your breakfast, as anything high intensity could make you feel ill.

Hydration is also very important, so make sure you’ve drunk enough water once you jump out of bed after your early morning alarm.