They found that it’s possible to increase fat metabolism — the rate at which you burn fat — by exercising early in the day.
The results, published in the journal PNAS, showed that mice that exercised at a time equivalent to humans’ late morning activated their metabolism much earlier during the day than those that exercised in the evening.
Professor Julin R. Zeerat from the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery and the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology of the Karolinska Institute reported:“Our results suggest that late morning exercise could be more effective than late evening exercise in terms of boosting the metabolism and the burning of fat.”
“If this is the case, they could prove of value to people who are overweight.”
Professor Zierath added: “The right timing seems to be important to the body’s energy balance and to improving the health benefits of exercise.”
“But more studies are needed to draw any reliable conclusions about the relevance of our findings to humans.”