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Picking the right time to workout can be tricky. Of course, you want to maintain the amazing beach body that you worked so hard to perfect. However, finding time to workout among your busy schedule in and out of the home can seem impossible. Even more so, when is the best time to workout. Or, better yet, at what times do you get the most bang for your buck?
There are adamant and passionate people on both sides of the argument, so what does science have to say about it? A recent study conducted by a series of leading universities has revealed that working out in the morning may offer you better and more long term weight loss than working out in the afternoon or evenings.
Picking the Right Time to Workout
The new study sheds light on how the timing of certain activities can directly affect us. Even more so, the new research may point to why some people are more prone and receptive to weight loss while working out than others. You may even fall into this category as there is a large group of people who struggle with weight loss while working out.
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Led by Erik Willis, a data analyst for the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in conjunction with researchers from the University of Kansas, the University of Colorado Denver and other institutions, their findings published in the International Journal of Obesity simply recommend working out before 3pm for better results.
Working out in the Mornings
The science of chronobiology, which studies the ways in which when we do something alters how our bodies respond is a major area of interest in the research community. You have probably even seen other new research discussing the best times you should eat to maintain weight loss.
In the study, participants visited the gym whenever they wished between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m but signing their times to ensure the research team knew exactly when everyone worked out. The research team also tracked the participants' calorie intake and daily habits for 10 months using activity trackers.
As mentioned above, those who worked out in the morning lost more weight than their afternoon counterparts. Even more so, those people working out in the morning, also ate a bit less, amounting to about 100 calories less. Researchers are eager to conduct their trial and see if it applies to a larger sample size.
When do you work out every day?