Kicking off your day with an invigorating morning workout may sound like an excellent idea or a total chore to you. If you relate to the latter, exercising is probably something you save for later on in the day—whether that’s during a lunch break or after work. But if you want to lose belly fat and speed up your weight loss efforts, working out in the a.m. may just be the way to go, according to new research published in the journal Obesity. The September 2023 study found that participants who worked out earlier in the day lost significantly more weight and reported a smaller weight circumference, which is a measure of belly fat, than those who exercised midday or in the evening.
Keep reading to learn more about what the study has to say about the benefits of starting your day with a workout. And when you’re finished, don’t miss out on the 5 Best Low-Intensity Workouts for Women To Lose Weight.
This study examined the effect of the time of day you work out—morning, midday, vs. evening—on fat loss. With obesity being associated with a variety of health risks, from chronic diseases to early death, the goal of this new study was to determine the best time of day to engage in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) in order to achieve healthy weight management.
Excerpted from Eat This, Not That!