Weight loss patients ask me all the time, “does it matter what time of day that I exercise?”
I’m sure you have wondered if you will burn more body fat in the morning, or be able to boost the metabolism by exercising in the evening.
The short answer is no, I don’t believe it matters very much when you exercise.
However, there is an interesting new study featured below that perhaps suggests morning exercise before breakfast is best.
Less Calorie Burn in the Evening
There is some research out there that states you don’t burn as much fat if you exercise later in the day. New research from the British Journal of Nutrition reported that participants burned 20% more fat if they exercised in the morning before eating breakfast. The research even said that participants did not feel as hungry later in the day and did not consume excess calories.
This is just one research study, and there is conflicting evidence out there. Some research says that you will not perform as well in the morning on an empty stomach.
At Diet-Blog, we know that it is easy to feel the effects of hunger after a big morning workout!
Hungry After Exercise
Many worry that if they exercise in the morning, they will feel hungrier during the day and end up overeating their calories. This happens quite often, but the key is to focus on eating balanced throughout the day.
If you have exercised in the morning, make sure to eat a balanced breakfast that includes a protein, carbohydrate, and small amount of healthy fat. A good example of this is oatmeal, fruit, and a boiled egg or some nuts.
Remember the Big Picture
This is just one study, and the more important thing to remember is the big picture. Exercise is key for weight loss. Burn more calories than you take in, be truthful about it, and the result is weight loss.
Listen to your body– Some people naturally are more motivated to exercise in the morning, mid-day, or evening. Exercising when you feel most motivated to do so, will help you push yourself farther.
But, when is the best time to exercise? Whenever it fits into your schedule. Just make sure to get in that exercise most days of the week! If you are more likely to stay consistent, you will see your results. So, get moving!
What time of day do you workout?