Early birds and night owls know a clear difference between morning and evening workouts. Early risers swear that getting in an early sweat energizes them for the rest of the day. The night owls, on the other hand, say their late night workouts are more effective in building muscle and burning fat.
So who’s right?
Is there a magical time of the day when your body responds better or worse to your workouts? Well, the answer of course, is not so black and white. There are pros and cons to both sides of the coin, as with anything in life. Keep reading to see which time of the day might be best for your goals.
In one popular study published by the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers looked to see if working out before breakfast would make runners hungrier throughout the day, or calorie burning machines. Half of the study’s participants were asked to run a treadmill before eating breakfast, which we’ve come to know as “fasted cardio.” The rest of the participants were asked to eat breakfast before their run.
After the workout, the participants’ food intake was monitored over the day, and it turned out that the