January is the most popular month for individuals trying to lose weight. Have you made a New Year’s resolution to shed some pounds and live healthier this year? What if we told you there was a way to burn more body fat while working out for the same amount time as you normally do?
According to a new study published online in the British Journal of Nutrition, exercising in the morning before you’ve eaten your breakfast can help burn up to 20% more body fat than waiting until after you’ve eating the most important meal of the day.
A team of researchers from the University of Northumbria analyzed the body’s response to certain workouts at certain times of the day. They asked 12 physically fit males to run on a treadmill at 10 am. Some of the men exercised after not eating overnight while others consumed a breakfast before their run. 1.5 hours after their workout, the participants were given a chocolate milk to recover. Then, they were given a pasta lunch later on and told to eat until they were comfortably full.
After analyzing the men, researchers confirmed that those who had fasted overnight did not consume more calories than those who had eaten a breakfast to compensate for their lack of breakfast. In addition, it was also confirmed that those individuals who opted out of their morning breakfast burned up to 20% more fat compared to those who ate before working out.
While study authors Dr. Emma Stevenson and PhD student Javier Gonzalez insist that the results of the study are “very important in helping to provide practical guidelines relating to food intake to individuals who are exercising to maximize fat mass loss,” it’s also important to note that the study only analyzed a very small group of men. A larger study will need to be conducted before these results can be deemed 100 percent conclusive.
Will you try skipping breakfast to lose more weight?
Source: National Post