Rise and shine and exercise

by Christina on December 21, 2010

I LOVE the holidays, but I always end up feeling terribly overindulgent (some things I just can’t resist… like chewy gingerbread cookies!!).

Sadly, it just takes a short time of indulging in high-calorie and high-fat diets for our blood sugar/insulin system to deregulate, which then increases our risk of type 2 diabetes.

Here’s one easy thing we can do to prevent this: exercise first thing in the morning.

In case you didn’t see this New York Times article last week, a study recently came out showing that exercising before you eat in the morning can prevent weight gain and improve fat-burning capabilities.

They put a group of men on a high-calorie and high-fat diet. For 6 weeks, one-third of these men did not exercise, one-third exercised intensely in the morning before breakfast, and one-third exercised intensely in the morning after eating.

They found that only the group that exercised before breakfast did not gain weight or become insulin resistant! (Both the “non-exercise” and “exercise after breakfast” groups gained weight, became insulin resistant, and began storing more fat in their muscles). The authors write:

“This study for the first time shows that fasted training is more potent than fed training to facilitate adaptations in muscle and to improve whole-body glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity during hyper-caloric fat-rich diet.”

Another reason I love the early morning Ashtanga mysore practice… the yogis were on to something!

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Claudia December 22, 2010 at 1:33 am

hmmm, how interesting just finished reading T. Ferriss book 4 hour Body and he was arguing in it you must eat something within half an hour of waking up, but this study shows differently…

I kind of prefer this study too, as I also quite enjoy the practice and eating only after it is done…

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lilas December 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

yes i do love practise early morning, i think i eat too much sugar a and also i smoke!!!! argh i need to change for 2011

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