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Dec 24, 2010

Burn more fat from the same exercise

Do you workout or exercise before breakfast? If you’re trying to lose fat, turns out you might be doing the right thing. Recent research says that to burn fat more effectively, you should skip the pre-workout snack. European researchers found that cyclists who trained without eating burned significantly higher amount of fat than their counterparts who ate.
Wonder how this works? If you haven’t eaten before exercising, your body doesn’t have much glycogen in reserve. Glycogen is stored in your body to use as fuel for physical activity. When you exercise, your body needs energy. But on empty stomach body and low glycogen reserves, you body turns to fat for providing that energy, which improves your fat burning ability. When you exercise (after fasting or without a pre-workout meal), adrenalin levels goes high and insulin levels goes low. That ratio is favorable for your muscles to oxidize (break down) more fatty acids.
So, maybe exercising before breakfast is just one more tactic for increasing the efficiency of your fat-burning workout.

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