calories

  • BeachStud2014

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    Jul 27, 2008 9:33 PM GMT
    when is it best to burn calories and if you workout early in the day does it burn calories from the day before also after workout eating good or bad and what to do about the calories you take after the workout icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 28, 2008 7:53 AM GMT
    mbeachhunk said when is it best to burn calories and if you workout early in the day does it burn calories from the day before also after workout eating good or bad and what to do about the calories you take after the workout icon_smile.gif


    Several exercise physiology research findings suggest that working out in the morning (assuming your biological clock is in sync with the natural cycle of the day) provides optimal benefit b/c it helps to jump start your metabolism, which falls during periods of rest (i.e. sleep). Specifically, it complements hormone cycles, thereby allowing for max benefit.

    You should consider calories as working on a continuum rather than separated by 24 hour intervals.

    Eating after a workout is a necessity (especially if you are trying to gain muscle mass) b/c it provides fuel for your bodily functions (homeostatic processes) and replenishes what was used during your workout. Your resting metabolic rate immediately following a workout will be elevated (stays elevated for much longer when you lift weights instead of just focusing on cardio). And the best way to prolong this elevation is by supplying it with more fuel (not just any fuel).

    The body has a way of adjusting its catabolic and anabolic processes according to the demands we place on it. If you do not eat, your body will make the necessary adjustments to ensure that you are not wasting energy.

    So...definitely eat after you workout and think of calories consumed vs calories expended on a continuum. You do not start at a zero balance everyday.

    If this does not make sense I apologize in advance (it's late...and my brain is fried from studying)