Working Out Hungry
So, you are all ready to get off the holiday pounds by cleaning out your closets, but what about real exercise?
A recent study published by the Journal of Physiology found something intriguing…
Researcher in Belgium recruited 28 healthy men and split them into 3 groups. For 6 weeks, each group was fed the same incredibly unhealthy food: 50% from fat and 30% more calories, overall, than the men had been eating. Each group, however, varied their exercise.
Group one didn’t exercise at all.
Group two exercised in the morning, after a big breakfast, and drank a sports drink during the workout.
Group three exercised in the morning, on an empty stomach, and only drank wanter during the workouts. They still ended up consuming the same fat/calorie ratio but just ate the meals after their workout.
The two exercising groups did the exact length, intensity, and number of workouts a week.
What do you guess happened?
I’m sure it is no surprise that the non exercising group gained the most weight and showed signs of insulin resistance. Group two, who ate their breakfast before exercising, gained half as many pounds as the first group, but also showed signs of insulin resistance.
Group three, however, gained no weight, showed no signs of insulin resistance, and burned the fat they were consuming more efficiently.
AND ALL THE GROUP CONSUMED THE SAME AMOUNT OF CALORIES!!!!
So, I guess my last post where I wrote it’s all about “calories in and calories out” isn’t entirely accurate!
I usually have a light breakfast before working out, but I think this week I’m going to exercise on a fasting stomach. I may pass out, but at least I’ll be burning fat…