One of the biggest challenges in keeping our fitness goals is time. We don’t have the time to workout, is a common excuse. Between kids, work and you know, breathing, sleeping and eating, there’s often little time for anything else.
Of course, we also know by now that committing to regular exercise is significantly important for our health. It adds years to our lives, prevents diseases, makes us look and feel better.
That all sounds terrific, but when are we supposed to do this? According to the New York Times, see if you can make a bit of time in the morning, before you eat to get some exercise in, especially if weight loss is a goal for working out.
“There is some evidence that working out on a completely empty stomach — or, as scientists call this woozy, wee-hours condition, ‘in a fasted state’ — prompts the body to burn more fat and potentially stave off weight gain, compared to exercising at other times,” Gretchen Reynolds wrote in the Times.
Reynolds points to a 2010 study where subjects consumed 30 percent more calories and 50 percent more fat while either exercising after breakfast, no exercise at all, or exercising before breakfast. Of the three groups, only the men who exercised before eating saw no weight gain despite the additional calories. The sedentary group gained about six pounds each and the post-breakfast workout group gained about three pounds.
“Of course, the early-morning exercise prevented weight gain, which is not the same thing as inducing weight loss,” Reynolds writes. “But the results are encouraging for those who hope to shave off a few pounds.”
It’s at least a good way to keep yourself from adding on weight from not doing any exercise. Committing to a fitness program can be more difficult in the midst of a busy day. And for many people, working out later in the day or early evening can make it more difficult to fall asleep. Which makes a pre-breakfast workout sound even more appealing to achieving your fitness and weight loss goals.
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