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When it comes to diet & exercise does timing matter?

In an ideal world we’d wake up, exercise for 30-60 minutes, and then control our calorie intake for the rest of the day. Unfortunately, this isn’t Utopia and work, life and responsibilities get in the way. Take a deep breath and relax, just because life isn’t perfect doesn’t mean that your diet and workout can’t be, so here are some tips for optimum results.

What to eat

If you’re trying to lose weight then it seems pretty obvious that reducing your calorie intake is a step you should take. However, diet isn’t everything. Some things to remember are:

  • Don’t go more than 3 hours between a meal as you’ll begin to start snacking and craving foods which will be bad for you
  • Eat earlier at night, this will help your body to burn the calories you’ve consumed
  • Eat breakfast, even if you don’t really feel like it, consuming something will help kick-start your metabolism and get your body burning calories.

No strict mealtime will guarantee weight loss, but being honest and realistic about your diet will help you. Protein will keep you fuller for longer, whilst carbohydrates will prevent low blood sugar and keep you satisfied for longer following a workout.

When to eat

The time at which you eat before you exercise is based upon personal preferences and digestive systems, though an hour or so is advised. It wouldn’t be the best idea to eat a big meal then get straight on the treadmill. You need to give your body a chance to absorb the nutrients from the meal so that all the good from it is in your system. Make sure that you’ve got plenty of carbohydrates and protein on your plate.

When to workout

As said, the morning is an ideal time to work out as your glycogen levels are low so you’ll start burning fat sooner and your testosterone levels are high so you’ll build muscle quicker. Don’t worry if you can’t jump out of bed and on the treadmill, some exercise and a little workout is better than nothing at all.

These are just some tips to keep in mind, but remember it varies from person to person. If you’d like more advice or a little bit of help then why not book a consultation with one of our personal trainers? You can find out more information about them at reception.

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