What do you do before breakfast each morning? This chapter looks at why it’s important to do your exercises early in the day, meaning before you eat breakfast. Why should that be? You may well ask. Let’s see.
One of the most important aspects of exercising for weight loss is in burning calories as efficiently as possible, or in other words getting the maximum burn for your time spent exercising. But it’s also important to burn those calories from your store of fat and not from newly consumed food. That’s because it’s how you reduce your fat store and eliminate the excess pounds from your waistline.
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For that reason, doing cardiovascular training first thing in the morning well before you eat your breakfast is the absolutely best time to do it. It forces your body to use up the stored body fat you are carrying around with you for the energy the muscles need to do the work, rather than taking those calories from carbohydrates. This happens because first thing in the morning your body is in a carbohydrate depleted state following your sleep when you have not eaten for a good 8 to 10 hours.
The added bonus by doing this before you eat breakfast is that after your workout or exercise session, your body is in a highly charges state of metabolism, meaning it is ready for more fuel and will burn that fuel more efficiently than it would have done if you’d just crawled out of bed and headed straight for the kitchen, when your body would have had a very sluggish metabolism that would have been more inclined to dump most of your breakfast calories into fat storage for when it was n a more lively metabolic state.
To help this process along, it is equally important to eat a healthy, filling breakfast composed of low Glycemic carbohydrates and protein. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, that porridge (rolled oats) or oatmeal is by far the absolute best thing to eat for breakfast. That’s because it contains a near perfect combination of low Glycemic carbs, nutrients and dietary fiber. Add some sunflower, pumpkin and flax seeds to boost omega 3 essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Also add some fresh or dried fruits such as cranberries or blueberries, cherries, chopped banana, apple or apricot, or anything similar to make it more interesting and tasty. It also reduces the need to sweeten it with sugar. If you really must sweeten it, use a little honey, which is much better for you. A large bowl of this will be very filling and it’s highly unlikely you’ll want to eat anything else, although some fruit juice always goes down well. This is a super food high power breakfast that keeps you full until lunch time and keeps your metabolism efficient.
So now you know why so many people who look healthy and alert during the day if they’d gone for that early morning run, or pre-breakfast workout in the gym, or a good healthy swim first thing. It’s not just the exercise itself that has so many benefits, but the exact timing of those exercises that truly does maximize every minute of work in increasing your body’s metabolism and work rate.