Morning workout increases metabolism throughout the day?

Morning workout increases metabolism throughout the day?

Morning workout

Working out before eating breakfast offers no additional or superior rewards. In general, any time you exercise, you’ll raise your metabolism during the session and for some time afterwards. Studies have shown that the more intensely you exercise, the longer your metabolic rate stays raised. The magnitude and duration of this increase varies from person to person, and from workout to workout.

The belief that training on an empty stomach leads to increased fat burning is also not true. During exercise, muscles burn a combination of carbohydrate and fat. As one becomes more fit, his or her muscles utilize a greater percentage of fat for energy.

Another consideration to think about is that many people are in low energy mode when they first wake up because blood sugar levels are usually at their lowest then. If one eats sometime before getting physically active, s/he may have more oomph, get in a more strenuous session, and work off more calories and fat than if s/he hadn’t eaten. These facts aren’t presented to dissuade early birds from their routine, but to dispel some myths from circulating.

While an elevation in metabolism may be desirable for many of us, it’s not enough to result in any significant weight loss.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

5 Replies to “Morning workout increases metabolism throughout the day?”

  1. Actually morning exercises do keep me fresh and awake! I have been exercising since I was a kid. I have got used to it that, Even if I don’t exercise a day! I feel so Unhealthy… Cheers everyone and a happy work out! 🙂

  2. Cheerios to you for keeping up to a healthy schedule!!!!definetely exercise in the morning has its benefits..This article is for people who cant make it to the gym or exercise in the morning but want to have a good routine…exercise any time during the day can help. So my dear couch potatoes get moving at any time during the day.

  3. Hi Sanjana,

    If we exercise early in the morning(or before having breakfast) what food/snack can be taken for having a healthy exercise routine. Or is it ok to work out after having just water if it is early morning.

  4. Hi Sajith,

    Good question!!! Firstly we should understand that we are in the starvation mode the entire night. Hence it is always advisable to eat as soon as possible after waking up. Eat any fruit in the morning. This will fuel your starving cells plus give you some energy to get going. Plain water will not give you any energy and you should eat something before you exercise as you will end up having very low energy levels after exercise as you do not have any fuel to burn. You will feel tired and listless after exercise on an empty stomach.

    The best fruits I suggest are Banana, mango, papaya etc as they are very filling. Nevertheless if there is at least half hour gap before your pre-exercise snack and exercise, You can even go for a glass of milk along with the fruit which will provide protein and energy.

  5. hi Sanjana,

    i am 30 years old, 5 ft,11 inches and weigh 96 (not obese but definitely overweight
    ) hav been an off and on person for the last few years with regards exercising/. started regular gymming 2 weeks bak./ and go at 6.30 in morning – have my regular lukewarm water with honey and lime at 6 and freshen up before leaving…. i dont eat anything.. (and also a very light dinner- usually fresh veggie soup everynight)

    today towards the end of my daily session in gym .. i felt like i was suddenly tired totally, felt completely dizzy and just sat down for 10 mins – had water – felt a bit ok and came bak home- had a positrim drink – had 2 plain chapatis after a while and felt better…

    this nver happend earlier- i dont smoke or drink.;. pls advice that what this could be and what precaution should i take ?

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