We are usually advised to have breakfast before exercising in the morning. Of course, we would be thinking, how to exercise if we don’t have breakfast first, where do we get our energy?
However, a new study published in “Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism” found that changing breakfast and exercise time can help control blood sugar levels to a better level.
According to a researcher from the University of Birmingham, Dr Gareth Wallis, “This research suggests that exercising after a night out can improve the health benefits of an individual exercise without changing intensity, duration or perception during exercise.”
This 6-week study by researchers from the University of Bath and the University of Birmingham involved 30 male participants who were classified as obese or overweight.
Participants were divided into 2 groups, the intervention consisting of those who ate breakfast before or after exercise and the control group who did not change their lifestyle. The results showed that individuals who exercise before breakfast will burn 2 times more fat than those who exercise after breakfast.
While the muscle tissue samples taken show that the muscles of the individuals in the exercise group before breakfast were more responsive to insulin than the exercise groups after breakfast.
Burning fat is more effective
Researchers have found that increased fat is used due to a lack of insulin levels during exercise when individuals do not eat all night. This means that they will use fat from fatty tissue and fat between muscles to provide energy.
Although the study did not show any change in weight over the 6-week study period, it did show positive effects on health.
This means that the body responds better to insulin and keeps the blood sugar levels under control. This reduces the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.
Researcher from the University of Bath’s Department of Health, Dr Javier Gonzalez explains, “The results of this study show that changing breakfast time is related to your exercise time”.
This situation can bring a profound and positive change to your overall health. Individuals involved in exercise studies before breakfast burn 2 times more fat than individuals who exercise after breakfast. ”
It should be noted, however, that individuals with insulin-related health problems or blood sugar levels are advised to consult with a health professional first before making any changes to their meal plan intake.