Best Time Of Day To Exercise To Burn Fat!!

Best Time Of Day To Exercise To Burn Fat!!

While we know that exercise is essential to weight loss and burning fat, many of my personal training clients have asked me when is the best time of the day to exercise to burn fat. My answer to their question, ”If your goal is to lose the maximum amount of bodyfat in a minimum amount of time, then first thing in the morning is definitely the best time. Working out on an empty stomach, also known as the fasted state, prompts the body to burn fat at a faster rate then working out later in the day.

Research shows that exercising in a fasted state increases both lipolysis and fat oxidation. Lipolysis is the breaking down of fat cells for energy. Exercising while your insulin levels are low, allows your body to mobilize and burn a significant amount of fat during your workouts rather than when insulin levels are elevated. Glycogen levels decrease overnight to fuel basic metabolic processes. Because your glycogen levels are low in the morning, exercising at that time burns fat instead of carbohydrates or glycogen. Glycogen levels are higher at other times of the day due to nutrients that are consumed through your meals, meaning that your body will preferentially burn through blood glucose before utilizing fat. In addition, blood flow in the abdominal region is increased when you’re in a fasted state. This is important because one of the problems with “stubborn fat” in this region is reduced blood flow. Less blood flow means less fat-burning chemicals and thus less fat loss.

Exercising in the morning maximizes metabolic change by making your body burn calories at a higher rate post-workout. Therefore, your metabolism increases for several hours following intense exercise. Because your metabolism drops rapidly in the evening, working out at night lessens the fat-burning benefit you receive from exercise. However, I personally prefer to exercise in the evening when my glycogen levels are higher in order to allow for maximum performance.  I find I am much stronger in the evening when my glycogen levels are high than first thing in the morning.  So in closing, the best time of the day to exercise really depends on what your fitness goals are.  If maximum performance and strength is your goal, then you probably want to exercise in the evening when your glycogen levels are elevated; But if your goal is to maximize bodyfat burning, then exercising first thing in the morning is your best bet.

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