Monday, August 08, 2011
If you're an early bird when it comes to exercise, don't do it on an empty stomach in hopes of tapping into your fat stores. In a recent study, researchers at the University of Padua in Italy found that subjects who worked out after eating a healthy breakfast boosted their metabolism more than a group of fasting exercisers did. Even more surprising, those who fueled up first were still using more energy - especially from fat stores - a full 24 hours later.
"People who eat before exercising perform better," says Wayne Andersen, M.D. "Your workouts are more productive, you can push yourself harder, and your muscles keep burning calories longer."
Chow down about 30 minutes pre-session on a bowl of whole-grain cereal with lowfat milk, juice, and a banana - a good mix of protein, carbs, and electrolytes.
Sounds like a breakfast of champions!