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Monday, 27 August 2018
Research done at the University of Bath has shown that eating breakfast before exercising may “prime” the body to burn carbohydrates during exercise, while also a more rapid digestion of food after working out.
The University's Department for Health, working in collaboration with other notable universities like Birmingham and Newcastle, studies the effect of eating breakfast versus fasting overnight before an hour’s cycle. In a control test breakfast was followed by three hours' rest. The volunteers ate a breakfast of porridge made with milk two hours before exercise.
Post exercise or rest, the researchers tested the blood glucose levels and muscle glycogen levels of the 12 healthy male volunteers who took part.
They discovered that eating breakfast increased the rate at which the body burned carbohydrates during exercise, as well as increasing the rate the body digested and metabolised food eaten after exercise too.
It was determined that, in comparison to skipping breakfast, eating breakfast before exercise increases the speed at which we digest, absorb and metabolise carbohydrate that we may eat after exercise.
Source: University of Bath; Eating breakfast burns more carbs during exercise and accelerates metabolism for next meal; Published on Wednesday 15 August 2018