Dom Post: Men get fitter without breakfast

Michael Forbes writes in the Dominion Post about Massey University research showing that men who don’t eat breakfast before training see benefits in peak muscle power and experienced prolonged muscle energy.

The same benefits did not, however, apply to women, showing that men and women really do burn fat differently.

An excerpt: (read in full here)

“By not eating before training, the body was put under stress quicker, and the longer it could endure stress, the more beneficial the training, Dr Stannard said.

“”Our results suggest that, for men, training before breakfast encourages the muscles to adapt in a more accelerated fashion than if training was always done after eating a high carbohydrate meal.

“”Depending on your level of fitness, that might range from two hours’ cycling to walking down the street and getting the newspaper.”