Setting your alarm earlier to workout before noshing on eggs, pancakes or bacon may be the trick to losing those pesky pounds. A study written in a New York Times article shows that working out in a fasted state or empty stomach will prompt the body to burn more fat and deter weight gain, compared to exercising at other times of the day/night after a meal. It may sound a bit off putting, but not to worry, your breakfast of champions will be worth it after doing your early morning burn!
The study that was conducted required volunteers to consume an excess amount of calories and perform activity or no activity during varying times. These were the results:
- For the sedentary group: the volunteers gained weight, developed insulin resistance and new fat cells.
- For the early risers group: the volunteers had almost no weight gain, but did not lose weight either.
- For the mid morning group: the volunteers gained half the amount of weight compared to sedentary group and developed insulin problems as well.
Proving that the early risers had the best results in terms of attempting to lose weight, according to the New York Times, “Early-morning exercise in the fasted state is more potent than an identical amount of exercise in the fed state for maintaining healthy waistlines.”
Ultimately, the best method to lose weight is to combine a healthy, well-balanced diet with a physically active lifestyle.
To read the full article head to New York Times