Breakfast: Timing is everything

Burn More Fat before Breakfast

Always eat a balanced breakfast

Most of us know the importance of eating breakfast, in fact, one study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, skipping breakfast isn’t just associated with being overweight, but with obesity. Eating breakfast stimulates your metabolism and signals the body to start using fuel, instead of hoarding fuel.

So when is the best time to eat breakfast? According to a new study in The Journal of Physiology, you will shed more pounds by eating after your morning workout than before. During the 6 week study, participants who ate a high-cal, high fat breakfast before hitting the gym packed on an average of three pounds. The after-workout eaters gained almost no weight-although they ate the same breakfast. Exercise elevates levels of the fat-burning hormone adrenalin, says lead researcher Karen Van Proeyen, Ph.D. But when you work out after eating, the insulin your body releases to help you digest the food, blunts the spike of adrenalin.

So go ahead and eat breakfast but if you are trying to shed some unwanted fat, fuel up with healthy food, after your morning workout.

2 responses to “Breakfast: Timing is everything

  1. MIchael Brown

    You mean I have been doing it all wrong for a year by having my Vega shake before working out?
    Michael Brown

    • Hi Michael,
      There’s no absolute right or wrong here, and a Vega shake is different than the breakfast referred to in this post, however you may find that having your shake after your workout promotes more weight loss than having it before. This is, of course, assuming that weight loss is your goal, and that you don’t have any trouble exercising on an empty stomach (ie. low blood sugar, etc).
      Let me know how it goes.

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