Run Before Breakfast, Not After
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/01/2013 -- Early risers who wish to get the most out of their workouts are apparently more likely to get just that when they burn calories before breakfast rather than after. According to a new study, individuals who enjoy their workout before their first meal burn 20% more body fat than those who exercise after having something to eat.
Researchers sought out to find if there were benefits to working out before or after food and after a full nights rest. The thought was that one or the other may be undermining the point of the work out. The question was: Which one?
A team of University students from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle sought to find out just that and asked 12 active men to perform on a treadmill exercise at 10 am, either just before or following breakfast.
After their exercise the participants were given a chocolate milkshake as a recovery drink. Later in the day, the participant would be given a pasta lunch as well, which they were asked to eat up until he “felt comfortably full”.
The lunchtime consumption of energy and fat was assessed and calculated, taking into account factors such as amount of energy and fat burned in the morning period.
Researchers, led by Emma Stevenson and Javier Gonzalez, discovered that the individuals who exercised in the morning did not consume additional calories or experience increased appetite during their daytime activities. The researchers also realized that the persons who exercised in the fasted state managed to burn upward of 20% more fat than those who had a breakfast first.
The study seems to have rather direct evidence that the body, when given food prior to a workout, will breakdown less of the body's own stored fat, and instead utilize the energy supplied to it. This in contrast to the fasting state, wherein the body will readily used stored energy instead.
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