Exercise needs to be an important part of every person's daily routine. And while everyone may have their own preference towards working out, did you know that the time you work out also matters? According to a new study, people have a better control over their blood sugar levels if they keep the time of their diet and exercise in mind. As per the study, the researchers found that people who workout before breakfast tend to burn two times as much fat as people who exercise after their morning meal.
The study was able to reveal that since people were technically in a fasting stage after sleeping overnight, exercising in this fasted state helped increase their chances of burning fat and also had multiple other health benefits. For the study, the researchers conducted a survey on 30 male participants who classified as obese or overweight. Conducted over a period of six weeks, the participants were divided into three groups - a control group that made no lifestyle changes, a group that exercised before breakfast and a group that exercised post breakfast.
The researchers found that people who exercised before breakfast lost more weight than those who did afterwards. And although the weight loss wasn't as significant as they were expecting, it did have a “profound and positive” effect on the health of these participants since their bodies were able to better respond to insulin which helped keep their blood sugar levels at bay and also prevented the onset of diseases like diabetes.
“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,” said co-author of the study Javier Gonzalez of the University of Bath.