If you are looking to lose weight, exercising before breakfast could give your metabolism a much needed boost according to a new study.
We all know that exercise is the key to maintaining a healthy weight, but experts have been unable to discern whether it is better to carry out physical activity on a full stomach or an empty one.
Exercising before breakfast increases fat-burning over the day
But new research, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, indicates that men who work out before breakfast will lose more fat than those who do so after the first meal of the day.
Scientists at the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences at the University of Glasgow carried out a clinical trial on ten overweight men who were not regular exercisers.
These men underwent three trials up to a fortnight apart. In one they performed no exercise and then ate breakfast, in another they walked briskly for 60 minutes before eating breakfast, and in another they carried out the same walk after their morning meal.
Participants were given lunch three and a half hours after breakfast, and their bodies were measured over an eight and a half period for the levels of fat, sugars and insulin in the blood after each trial.
Unsurprisingly, both periods of exercise increased fat-burning over the day, but researchers also found that exercise before breakfast resulted in greater fat loss and larger reductions in the level of fat in the blood.
Study leader Dr Jason Gill commented: "Any exercise you do is beneficial but the indications are that there might be an extra benefit associated with exercising before eating, compared to after. However, further study is needed to determine whether the present findings extend over the long term.
"In the end we would like to encourage everyone to do some form of exercise every day."
The difference between exercising before compared to after breakfast was much smaller than the difference between exercising at either time compared to not exercising at all."
Some medical insurance customers are rewarded by their insurers for living a healthy lifestyle and many policies offer discounted gym memberships as an added incentive.
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