We’ve heard this before I’m sure, but it’s exciting to hear when new research confirms this. A recent study (Jan 2013) published in the online British Journal of Nutrition says that exercising on an empty stomach in the morning leads to more fat burn. Also, that this fasted-state exercising does not translate into more calories consumed later in the day!
The researchers discovered that those who had exercised in the morning did not consume additional calories or experience increased appetite during the day to compensate for their earlier activity.
They also found that those who had exercised in a fasted state burned almost 20% more fat compared to those who had consumed breakfast before their workout. This means that performing exercise on an empty stomach provides the most desirable outcome for fat loss.
I find personally that exercising in the morning is better because you get it over with first thing and before you have time to talk yourself out of it. By exercising in the morning you start your day with a healthy habit that spurs you to keep making more healthy habits the entire day — plus you feel GREAT afterwards.
I’m planning on joining Planet Fitness soon so that I can follow this advice and exercise in the morning, too.
Do you exercise in the morning?
Northumbria University (2013, January 24). Lose fat faster before breakfast. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 20, 2013, from sciencedaily.com