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A trial at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom found that having breakfast before doing morning exercises increases our metabolism. (Shutterstock/Umpaporn)
A trial at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom found that having breakfast before doing morning exercises increases our metabolism. The results of the trial have been published in the November 2018 issue of the journal Physiology.
Scientists involved in the trial compared levels of blood glucose after exercise with and without breakfast beforehand. In the published study, they noted that blood glucose levels can predict the risk of cardiovascular disease, while exercise is generally recommended as "a lifestyle strategy to improve glycemic control".
The study revealed that the body’s metabolism rate increases when participants eat breakfast before they exercise, as proven by the higher disposal of blood glucose into the skeletal muscles.
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However, the study did not explore whether one type of breakfast might be better than another, like for instance a protein-heavy or fat-heavy one. For the study, the participants were given porridge.
An author of the study, Robert Edinburgh, explained that during exercise our bodies not only burn the carbohydrates from breakfast but also those stored in our muscles as glycogen.
"This study suggests that at least after a single bout of exercise, eating breakfast before exercise may ‘prime’ our bodies, [making them] ready for rapid storage of nutrition when we eat meals after exercise," he said, as quoted by the Trail Running magazine. (dev/wng)