Breakfast before a workout – good idea?

You may think it wise to gas up before a long run or cycle, but the latest research suggests you may be better off dismissing your gut instinct.

A study performed at the University of Bath, asked a group of obese men to perform two exercise sessions two hours following a 600-calorie breakfast and then, on another occasion, with an empty belly.

Tests identified differences in gene expression levels that signalled how their bodies’ fat tissue reacted differently based on whether they had consumed food or not.

Internal fat stores are broken down, to a higher degree, to sustain exercise after fasting. The following energy will come from the food that’s just been consumed.

So, if you wish to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, or only shed weight, you may want to skip breakfast before a workout. On the other hand, if you’re attempting to beat your personal best or competing, then go for a high-energy meal two to three hours ahead f your exercise regime.

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