Surprising Health Benefits Of Running Before Breakfast

For years there has been debate in the running world of whether it is advisable to run on an empty stomach. The answer actually depends on what your goals are. Just like not every diet or every exercise regimen works for every person training is no different. The main advantage of running first thing in the morning is it contributes to better fat burning. If your goal is mainly to run for fat loss, you might want to consider the following facts.

When you awake, you naturally have less glucose stored in your system. By exercising on empty, you will force your body to burn fat rather than glucose. Interestingly, training in a fasted state can help the body become better at using its stored glycogen. This means when you train in a fasted state the body learns to perform better when well-fed.

There are hormonal changes associated with fasting that actually propel the body to burn more fat and build more muscle in this state. The body (in both men and women) makes growth hormone which helps the body to create new muscle tissue. This amount of this hormone in the system skyrockets during fasting.

Also, exercise naturally increases testosterone, again in both men and women. Testosterone also assists in the production of lean muscle mass and reduces body fat. By combining the production of testosterone and growth hormone you are blasting your fat cells twice as effectively.

Another interesting fact is that fasted workouts can gradually increase the body’s capacity to use oxygen, also known as the VO2 Max. This could be a benefit to those who utilize HIIT (high intensity interval training) as it has been shown that muscles will continue to use oxygen for up to 48 hours after a HIIT workout, greatly increasing the body’s potential for fat burning.

There was an article by the National Center for Biotechnology Information about a study conducted on healthy men who were fed identical poor diets. The men did one of three things: They did no exercise, they exercised on an empty stomach in the morning, or they exercised after breakfast. Interestingly the men who ate poorly, but exercised before breakfast were able to resist weight gain and showed no signs of insulin resistance. The other groups gained an average of 6 pounds and 3 pounds respectively.

If you are interested in running as a weight loss regimen, you should consider doing your training first thing in the morning in a fasted state for more fat burning power, and to get more healthy tips check on our website