Are you the kind of person who eats before exercise?
If yes, then you might want to check this study out.
A group of researchers found out that skipping an early meal before exercise might reduce how much you eat the rest of the day and it could be a possible weight loss strategy.
Scientists from the University of Bath in England and other institutions have conducted a study on 12 healthy, fit young men, who were asked to report to the university’s exercise lab on three separate mornings to determine the relation between eating ad exercising.
During the first morning, the men ate a hearty, 430-calorie bowl of oatmeal and rested for several hours.
On the next morning, they take same porridge before riding a bike moderately for an hour.
On the third morning, they skipped the porridge but rode the bike and did not eat anything until lunch.
The researchers provided each man a food basket which served as the only source of their food during the day so that researchers could track their daily calories.
“Least surprising, the men wound up with an energy surplus when they had breakfasted and then sat, taking in about 490 more calories that day than they burned,” a report said.
“When they downed porridge and then worked out, though, they maintained their energy balance with fine precision, burning and consuming almost exactly the same number of calories that day,” it added.
However, the result on the last day, when they skipped breakfast before workout, showed that their eating became most interesting.
It showed that the men appeared to be famished at lunch; prompting them to consume “substantially more calories than during either of their other lab visits.”And then, their eating tailed off at the end of the day.
The research suggests that working out on an empty stomach in the morning may not lead to overeating later and might, instead, lead to calorie deficits.
“Should that situation continue beyond a single workout and single day, we would probably lose weight,” Javier Gonzalez, a senior lecturer at the University of Bath, who oversaw the study, said.
However, the researchers noted that the study was short-term and only involved a few young fit men. Its results may be different for a different set of respondents.