While many believe eating breakfast before hitting the gym gives the body extra energy for burning off fat, it turns out the opposite might be true.

A small study conducted in the UK and published on Friday showed that overweight men who exercised before the most important meal of the day actually shed twice as much fat.

And even though both groups lost about the same amount of weight, participants in the wait for breakfast camp had “profound and positive” effects like an increased ability to respond to insulin, which reduces the risk for diabetes and heart disease.

The theory is that with no additional fuel, the body turns to stored carbs for energy.

When do you exercise?

Are you in the before or after breakfast camp?

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