The timing of eating and working out is irrelevant for weight loss.
The body has several different energy systems, that it draws on as it digests meals, meets demand for high intensity exercise, or lower intensity activities. Ultimately, where energy is coming from during a workout is irrelevant, as if you deplete one energy store, the body will draw on a different store to meet your demands for the rest of the day - it all kinda balances out. What matters is the overall balance between calories burned and consumed over the entire 24 hour day.
The significance of exercise is not that it burns fat, but rather that it helps create an overall calorie deficit, and the body will tap its fat stores at some stage during the day to make up the deficit.
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Yes, exercise whenever is best for your schedule. The main thing is that you do it.
I know many people prefer to exercise first thing in the morning, but I have never been able to get myself to do so. I much prefer to work out in the evening. Sometimes I do it right after dinner. Other times, I work out after my daughter goes to bed (after 8 pm)!
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4/4/13 10:15 P
Thanks for the reply. I like riding the bike at night because I can do it in the living room with my family while watching tv and don't feel like I'm alone, so I think I will stick with that time.
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The time that works for you. :)
There is no "better" time for burning fat, because what matters isn't the percentage of fat you burn, it's the overall amount of calories you're burning. Fit your exercise into your schedule in the way that you enjoy it and are most likely to stick with it.
And I don't know who told you that you would burn "insulin" after eating, but that's patently untrue.
Heather Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.
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4/4/13 10:00 P
I was recently diagnosed with Diabetes Type II and was told to exercise 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. I am currently doing a 20 minute quick jazzercise video in the morning. I also purchased a recumbant stationary bike and have been riding it every night after dinner. I recently heard it was better to exercise before eating because you would burn fat and after eating, you would burn insulin. What is the best time to exercise?
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