Put down the banana, rise-and-grinders: According to a new study published online in the British Journal of Nutrition, people who exercise early in the morning on an empty stomach burn more fat than those who nosh before hitting the gym.
Researchers at Northumbria University asked 12 physically active men to hit treadmills in the morning—some on an empty stomach, and some who had eaten breakfast. The results showed two significant findings: Early workouts didn’t cause participants to feel hungrier or eat more throughout the day, and those who exercised in a fasted state also burned 20 percent more fat than those who chowed down prior to sweating.
This news may be easy enough for early birds to swallow, but what if you’re the type of person who has a profound relationship with your snooze button? Here, seven tips to learn how to tackle exercise first thing in the AM—so you can take advantage of a study like this, too.
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