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Exercise Before Breakfast to Lose Weight Fast

Welcome back and I have another of my cool 100 weight loss tips. This one is article number 16 in the series with another great tip to help you lose weight.

This post looks at why it's important to do your exercises early in the day if you want to get in shape a get slimmer and healthier, meaning before you eat breakfast!

Why You Should Exercise Before Breakfast

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, because that's how you reduce your fat store and eliminate the excess pounds from your waistline.

For that reason, doing cardiovascular training first thing in the morning well before you eat your breakfast is the absolute 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 or sugars that you recently consumed in your food. 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 charged state of increased metabolism. This means 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 state would have been more inclined to dump most of your breakfast calories into fat storage for when it was in a more lively metabolic state.

Eat a Healthy Breakfast After Training

To help this along, it is equally important to eat a healthy, filling breakfast composed of low GI carbs and protein. I've said this before and I'll say it again, porridge (rolled oats or oatmeal) is by far the absolute best thing to eat for breakfast for its near perfect combination of low Glycemic Index carbs, nutrients and dietary fiber.

Add some chia, pumpkin and flax seeds to boost omega 3 essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. You can 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 and to reduce the need to sweeten it with sugar. You could use a little raw, unpasturized honey for some added sweetness as it's much better than sugar.

A large bowl of this will be very filling and it's highly unlikely you'll want to eat anything else, although some freshly squeezed fruit juice (not store-bought 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.

100 Weight Loss Tips number 15 follows in the next post!


Posted on Wed, 18 Nov 2009 in Top 100 Weight Loss Tips | 5 Comments

5 thoughts on "Exercise Before Breakfast to Lose Weight Fast"

howard says:

Truly amazing and informative post you've got here! This is the program that I've been waiting for. I will definitely give this a SHOT and see how it works for me. Thanks a lot for this BIG help to making me change for the better.

Pan says:

If you have already lost a load of weight from dieting, you can give yourself toned arms legs, abs and backside by exercising with a simple set of variable weight dumbbells. There is a system of beginner’s workouts that call for a series of compound exercises designed to activate the different muscles in your entire body. A set of these variable dumbbells will allow you to increase your heart rate and with explosive quick lift, timed circuit training, improve your body strength while maintaining your weight control.

Emily says:

Exercise before breakfast...great idea. Any tips for people who just aren't early risers and already struggle just getting up in time to get ready for work?

Terry says:

The best tip I can give you is to stop thinking of yourself as a person who can't get up early and become an early riser! Start believing that YOU CAN, and before you know it, you really can!

TonyG says:

Great tip and great website. I just stumbled upon it today, and boy am I glad I did! I'm in a "biggest loser" contest with my family and friends, for my sister's wedding in 7 months. In the first 4 weeks I've lost 13.7 lbs! 295 was my starting weight; I'm male, 30 yrs old, 6'4", and my goal is 220. Maybe I can shoot for 200? Thanks for all your help!