How about exercising after filling up your tummy? Sounds weird and makes us raise our eyebrows after being pounded with the fact that fitness specialists and health trainers vouch for an early morning workout for maximized benefits. Even otherwise, its been proven without doubt that fulfilling physical activity requirements before proceeding to breakfast and more has been the principle of life and it stands the test of time. But suddenly we have been fed with this question that makes us revisit our goals and ideologies.
Breakfast is quoted as the most important meal of the day despite many individuals daring to miss it regularly. It’s the powerhouse for your day’s energy without which there is going to be a lot of irritation, imbalance and lag in work schedules. We get up, go for our morning walk/jog/gym, have a bath, eat a hearty breakfast and go off to school/college/work. Shall we bring about a small twist to the tale? What if I suggest that you get up, finish your morning chores, prepare food, eat food and after an hour or two take up walking/jogging/gym and finally head to office? It might sound ridiculous but that’s the latest recommendation for maximized carbs burning. If you are perplexed over what to eat and how much to eat please get in touch with registered dietitian nutritionists at www.firsteatright.com who can help you with personalized diet plans and exercise routines.
To Eat or to Exercise?
We have always suggested on taking a light meal before exercising and leaving ample time before doing physical activity as presence of fullness prevents us from committing 100% towards exercising. Its always better to have a goal, an upsurge or motivation to exercise more which helps each of us take up physical activity with passion and josh. So, when I tell you that eating first and exercising later is going to help you better aren’t you game for it? That’s the result of a new research which says that eating breakfast before exercising pushes the body to burn carbohydrates during exercising and also helps in rapid food digestion after exercising.
The researchers compared the result of eating breakfast versus fasting overnight before exercising (here, it means 1 hour of cycling). Breakfast here included a bowl of porridge with milk some two hours before exercising. After both exercise and rest the research team tested blood glucose levels and muscle glycogen levels of the 12 healthy male participants who underwent the test. Results showed that eating breakfast increased the rates at which the body burned carbohydrates while exercising and also increased the rates at which the body digested and metabolized food consumed after exercising. This is slightly off the map as it’s the first study that focuses on how eating breakfast before exercising affects our response to food after exercising. This study also showed that eating breakfast before exercising is also better in many ways including the speed at which we digest, absorb and metabolize carbohydrates that we might eat after exercising compared to skipping breakfast altogether. Also, eating before exercising not only increased burning of carbs that’s stored in the body due to breakfast but also those stored in our muscles and glycogen. Such an increase in muscle glycogen use shows us how eating breakfast before exercise helps in maintaining blood sugar levels after lunch.
This study clearly shows the difference in result that occurs due to changes in mealtimes and moreover, its greater impact on metabolic response. We have now got an important clue that when you eat affects metabolic response and digging more into this can lead us to greater treasures.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.