Why hitting the gym on an empty stomach burns fat best


Research suggests that working out in the morning is the optimum time of day if you want to lose weight. If you complete your morning work out before eating breakfast, science suggests that the results could be even better.

Anthony Hackney, a professor in the department of exercise and sport science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, explains that working out on an empty stomach is the best way to burn fat because the body’s hormonal composition is set up to support that goal first thing in the day.

“In the early morning hours, you have a hormonal profile that would predispose you to better metabolism of fat,” Hackney says.” People naturally have elevated levels of cortisol and growth hormone in the morning—both of which are involved in metabolism so you’ll draw more of your energy from your fat reserves.”

So, by hitting the gym or getting your workout in before brekkie, you’re scientifically more likely to burn fat, which in turn will aid in overall weight loss.

However, if you’re not a morning person and the idea of setting a pre-sunrise alarm just to squeeze a workout in before you get to work fills you with dread, then you might want to think twice about trying to force yourself into a new routine.

Hackney also revealed to Time that exercising in the morning will only give you the fat loss and weight loss results you are after if you’re willing to put in the work.

“You may be exercising, but it may be at such a low intensity level that you’re really not expending a lot of energy,” Hackney explained, meaning that in terms of results, working out in the morning and putting no effort in is almost as bad as not working out at all.

Consider us warned!