Science Says That This Is The Secret To Staying Slim On A High Calorie Diet

I have a friend who loves to workout in the morning. To her, there is simply nothing better than waking up early for a good sweat session. Myself on the other hand, I swear by my regular evening workout, sometimes even finding that I achieve more at the gym when I go closer to bedtime. But have you ever stopped to think about what time of day is actually best for your workout?

According to experts, there is not actually one time of day that is overall better for your workout – it all depends on what you are trying to achieve. If you are trying to get your bikini body ready in time for summer (*gulp*) you may be interested to know that studies have found that working out in the morning is one of the best ways avoid gaining weight if you eat well… badly.

The study that was published in The Journal of Physiology found that working out in the morning before breakfast allows you to consume more calories without gaining weight. The study followed three groups of healthy 18-25-year-old males, all of which consumed a high calorie and high fat diet. For six weeks, each group followed a different exercise regime – one group working out before breakfast, one group mid-morning and the final group didn’t exercise at all.

For six weeks, each group followed a different exercise regime – one group working out before breakfast, one group mid-morning and the final group didn’t exercise at all.

At the end of the study the results were groundbreaking, with the group who had worked out before breakfast demonstrating that they had managed to avoid gaining weight, despite their high fat and high calorie diet. At the end of the study, researchers noted that these outcomes show that “fasted training” (working out on an empty stomach) is effective in helping the body to deal with the effects of an unhealthy diet.

“This study for the first time shows that fasted training is more potent than fed training to facilitate adaptations in muscle and to improve whole-body glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity during hyper-caloric fat-rich diet,” the study explained.

While researchers acknowledged that conflicting studies have often advocated for exercising after eating carbohydrates, this study showed that exercising first thing in the morning is better suited to those who like to indulge maybe a bit too often.

While researchers acknowledged that conflicting studies have often advocated for exercising after eating carbohydrates, this study showed that exercising first thing in the morning is better suited to those who like to indulge maybe a bit too often. The moral of the story – if you are trying to stay in shape but refuse to give up your favourite unhealthy treats, or even want to avoid putting on weight over the upcoming Christmas season, working out before breakfast could be the key to getting that bikini body ready.

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