Is Working Out in the Morning or Evening Better for Weight Loss?

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Scroll though Instagram and you’ll come across endless celebrities and influencers bragging about the fact that they like to wake up at 3 A.M to go workout while everybody else in asleep in bed. Now, if you look at these celebs/influencers, they are indeed in amazing shape, so perhaps there is something to be said for waking up ridiculously early in the morning to work out?

There are of course plenty of benefits associated with waking up early to exercise, but is early morning training the solution to weight loss?

Losing weight is tough at the best of times, but if you’re struggling to lose weight could it be that the time that you are exercising is making things harder than they need to be? Depending on whom you speak to, some people swear that early morning training is best for fat loss, whereas others are convinced that it’s best to train later in the evening. So, which is best? Let’s find out, shall we?  

Benefits of early morning training

If you are looking to lose weight, firstly it’s vital to ensure that you’re exercising, be it late in the day or early first thing.

With that said, some people swear that training early in the morning is best for weight loss, but is this the case? Well, it all depends. Studies have found that training early in a morning on an empty stomach can provide fat loss benefits. Fasted cardio is therefore very beneficial for anybody looking to lose weight.

The main thing to remember here is that fasted cardio can be beneficial for losing weight, rather than actually training early in the morning. The obvious benefit of training early is the fact that you’ll wake up in a fasted state with an empty stomach so fasted cardio is therefore much easier.

Another advantage associated with early morning training is the fact that once you’ve trained early, you have the rest of the day ahead and you can go about your business as usual.

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Benefits of evening training

There are some people that are convinced that it’s more beneficial to train in the evening, especially if you want to lose weight.

When you train later on in the day, you’re likely to have more energy because you’ll have been awake for longer and you’ll have eaten more so you’ll have more energy to exercise as well. The more energy you have, the harder you will likely work when training.  

So, which time is best for fat loss?

In reality, the most important thing to remember when it comes to losing weight is to be consistent with your diet and to exercise, regardless of what time of day it is.

According to science however, early morning workouts in a fasted state are the most beneficial for losing weight.

Another benefit of working out early is the fact that it won’t interfere with your sleep. Training between the hours of 7pm and 10pm has been found to interfere with sleeping schedules and disrupt the body clock, making it harder for you to fall asleep at night.

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