Weight Loss: Is it Better to Run in the Morning or in the Afternoon?
Running in the morning would allow you to eat less and lose more weight.
Sports activity is used to strengthen the cardiovascular system and stay fit but for many it also serves to regulate weight. How to optimize your workout to spend the most calories and properly influence the appetite? This is the question that researchers at the University of Tehran sought to answer by testing the impact of a sports session at different times of the day.
Scientists compared the effects of aerobic exercises (endurance) performed in the morning or evening for six weeks by 48 overweight women aged 20 to 45 years. 25 people did the exercises in the morning between 8 am and 10 am, while the others practiced between 2 pm and 4 pm.
The exercises included 30 minutes of running on a mat at a fairly steady pace (the participants could not speak without breathing hard). The women had to answer questions about their diet and appetite and anthropometric measurements (weight, waist circumference …) were carried out.
According to the results published in the journal Clinical Obesity, it was the group that practiced in the morning that benefited from its training, even though both groups had burned as many calories. There were significant changes in weight, BMI and waist circumference.
Although the appetite did not seem very different in both groups, the energy intake varied significantly: the group exercising in the morning ate 17% less calories; This reduction came mainly from carbohydrates.
Moderate to intense exercise in the morning would therefore be more effective in controlling appetite, caloric intake and weight loss. However, the study involved a small number of people and its duration was limited, so it would have to be replicated on a larger scale to confirm these results.