- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A new study conducted by British scientists suggests that exercising while fasted is better for your health than doing so after having eaten.

University of Bath researchers found that while a control group of healthy but overweight men who exercised after eating a 600-calorie breakfast actually burned more calories, the group who worked out on an empty stomach burned more fat, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

On top of that, blood work taken by the researchers suggested other benefits to exercising while fasted, particularly improved blood sugar regulation and insulin levels, The Times reported.

Lead researcher Dylan Thompson cautioned that follow-up research is in order, but added that given the evolution of human development it makes sense that there are greater health benefits to exercising prior to eating.

“If we just think of this in evolutionary terms … our ancestors would have had to expend a great deal of energy through physical activity in order to hunt and gather food,” Mr. Thompson said, The Times reported. “So, it would be perfectly normal for the exercise to come first, and the food to follow.”

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