Thanks to our always-in-a-hurry attitude, we generally tend to skip breakfast, which we know is not good for our fitness and nutrition levels. A recent study gives us yet another reason to not skip breakfast. The study published in the American Journal Of Physiology: Endocrinology And Metabolism in 2018, says that ‘eating breakfast burns more carbs during exercise and accelerates metabolism for the next meal.’
What Exactly Went Down
During the study, results between volunteers who ate healthy food for breakfast and the ones who fasted overnight before an hour’s cycling were compared. The study had 12 healthy and fit men as volunteers who were a part of a controlled breakfast test followed by three hours rest. The researchers tested the blood glucose levels and muscle glycogen levels after the exercise.
Lead researcher in the study, Dr Javier Gonzalez wrote in the report, “This is the first study to examine the ways in which breakfast before exercise influences our responses to meals after exercise. We found that, compared to skipping breakfast, eating breakfast before exercise increases the speed at which we digest, absorb and metabolise carbohydrate that we may eat after exercise.”
What We Learned
From the study, the researchers discovered that the volunteers who ate breakfast burned carbohydrates during exercise at a higher rate than those who didn’t. Along with that, the rate at which the body digested and metabolised food also increased.
Dr Gonzalez’s co-author, Ron Edinburg also wrote, “The carbohydrates digested in the case of people who had breakfast before were not just from that breakfast but also from the carbohydrates which was stored in the muscles as glycogen.” He also added, “This study suggests that eating breakfast before exercise may ‘prime’ our body, ready for rapid storage of nutrition when we eat meals after exercise.”
The study also concluded that this form of workout should especially be followed by obese people who are at the risk of getting type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.