Does the time of your workout have any impact on the results? This question must have popped into your head at least once over the time period that you’ve been exercising. Well, here are a few studies and expert insights that will perhaps convince you to ditch your evening workout and become a morning exerciser. Read on…
Improved Fat Loss (Yay!)
If your aim is to lose more fat more quickly, then you better get into your jogger pants as soon as you’re out of bed. According to research conducted by a group of scientists in Japan, working out before breakfast can trigger fat oxidation in exercisers. And what is fat oxidation? It is the process that triggers the breakdown of large fat molecules in your body. This is additionally linked to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
Another study conducted in Belgium (2015) reported that a high-calorie diet did not affect morning exercisers (those who worked out in fasting mode), but it caused the other group – those who exercised after a meal – to pile on kilos.
Better Sleep (Linked To Weight Loss)
While speaking with a popular health website, Cedric X. Bryant, the chief exercise physiologist at the American Council on Exercise, explained that morning workouts can help improve sleep, which in turn can aid weight loss. According to Bryant, bad quality sleep can influence certain hormones in the body, specifically those that manage appetite. So, what does that really mean? The physiologist elaborates that morning workouts could affect the circadian rhythm of your body (the natural body clock) and cause you to sleep better. Good sleep can help keep your hormonal balance in check and prevent excessive hunger. No unnecessary snacking and/or overeating, as we already know, is the key to weight management.
More Evidence (If You’re Still Not Convinced)
The Journal Physiology published a study showing that those who exercised in the ‘fasting state’ burned greater amounts of fat and were better able to avoid weight gain (as reported by the New York Times). For this study, researchers asked a group of men to increase their fat and calorie intake by 50 per cent and 20 per cent respectively.
A couple of volunteers remained sedentary, one group started out on a strenuous, afternoon workout routine (post workout); and the last group did the same exercise regimen, but in the fasting state.
At the end of the study, researchers found that each person in the first group ended up gaining approximately six pounds and also developed insulin resistance. As for those who worked out after eating breakfast; they also reported developing insulin issues, however they gained only around three pounds per person. Finally, the group of men who worked out in a fasting state, early in the morning, were able to maintain steady insulin levels and gained nearly no weight. Their bodies were also able to burn fat more effectively.
We think we’ve made our point. Set the alarm clock now!