Health & Fitness Exercising before breakfast ‘burns more fat’
Exercising before breakfast 'burns twice as much fat'
Exercising before breakfast burns "double the amount" of fat, researchers report. Health scientists at the Universities of Bath and Birmingham conducted a six-week study involving 30 men classified as overweight or obese and compared the results from the group who ate breakfast before exercise, the group who ate after, as well as a control group which made no lifestyle changes. Accordingly, they discovered that people who exercised before breakfast burned double the amount of fat than the group who exercised afterwards.
Exercising before eating breakfast burns more fat and improves how the body responds to insulin, according to research.
Scientists at the universities of Bath and Birmingham found that changing when people eat and exercise can help control their blood sugar levels.
The six-week study involved 30 men classified as obese or overweight who were split into two intervention groups – one that ate breakfast before exercise and one after – as well as a control group.
Those who exercised before breakfast burned double the amount of fat than the group that did so after eating.
Exercising before breakfast burns twice as much fat
Exercising before breakfast may burn twice as much fat, research suggests. Scientists from the University of Bath looked at 30 overweight or obese men. Over six weeks, some were told to work out before breakfast, while others exercised first thing. The scientists found those who were active in the early hours burnt twice as much fat as those who ate beforehand. Going without food overnight is thought to lower our insulin levels. Continuing to abstain from food may then cause the body to burn fat to fuel a work out, rather than sugar. © Provided by Oath Inc.
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This increased fat use is mainly due to lower insulin levels during exercise when people have fasted overnight, meaning they can use more of the fat in their fat tissue and muscles as fuel, scientists say.
The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Dr Javier Gonzalez, of the Department for Health at the University of Bath, said: “Our results suggest that changing the timing of when you eat in relation to when you exercise can bring about profound and positive changes to your overall health.
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“We found that the men in the study who exercised before breakfast burned double the amount of fat than the group who exercised after.
“Importantly, whilst this didn’t have any effect on weight loss, it did dramatically improve their overall health.
“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.
“The only difference was the timing of the food intake.”
Over the six weeks, scientists found that muscles in the group who exercised before eating were more responsive to insulin than those who exercised after.
The two groups performed identical training sessions and had matched food intake.
Muscles in those who exercised before breakfast also showed greater increases in key proteins, specifically those involved in transporting glucose from the bloodstream to the muscles.
Dr Gareth Wallis, of the University of Birmingham, said: “This work suggests that performing exercise in the overnight-fasted state can increase the health benefits of exercise for individuals, without changing the intensity, duration or perception of their effort.
“We now need to explore the longer-term effects of this type of exercise and whether women benefit in the same way as men.”
Teenagers who miss breakfast get worse GCSE grades, study finds .
Researchers warned that the rising number of young people going hungry risked entrenching educational inequality .“Our study suggests that secondary school students are at a disadvantage if they are not getting a morning meal to fuel their brains for the start of the school day,” she said. © Getty “The UK has a growing problem of food poverty, with an estimated half a million children arriving at school each day too hungry to learn."She added: “This research suggests that poor nutrition is associated with worse results at school.
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