Good Morning All! Especially to Body Designers Tamir and Julie (who will be wed later today)! Mazel Tov!
For many years, educated and dedicated fitness professionals (myself included) preached what we practiced when trying to maximize cardiovascular “fat-burning” routines. Many studies have concluded that doing cardiovascular exercise early in the morning on an empty stomach resulted in more fat calories being burned during the “workout” than if done after breakfast was eaten. Why?
Because when the body begins to move, it calls upon stored energy to use as fuel. And in the morning, after the “fast” of being asleep, the body doesn’t have enough glycogen, or stored glucose; resulting from consumed carbohydrates, available for use. Therefore, the body turns to its fat stores, usually its secondary energy source, as its primary. Thus, participants spend their full workout burning fat and not “wasting time” on carbohydrates.
However, a more in-depth study, done by Paoli, A., et al. 2011, looked at a broader timeline and concluded the following.
They believed that while it was important to note the above “facts”, it was more beneficial to look at how the morning exercise routine affected the fat-burning process over the hours after its completion. In short, they studied a “fasting” and “fed” group. Those that fasted did not eat prior to training and, of course, those that did were the “fed”. The results showed that no only did the “fed” group burn more total calories during the 12 and 24 hours after their exercise bout, more fat calories were also expended!
So my dear weight-loss “wanters”, if you are exercising in the morning to lose fat, eat one or two pieces of fruit at least 20-30 minutes (or up to an hour) before. Also, be sure to always exercise in a hydrated state. So a glass of water (8-12 ounces) to help “start the engine” is also highly recommended.
That’s it for today! Gotta go. I don’t want to be late for the wedding!