When is the best time of day to workout for weight loss?
Turns out the answer is the same time everyday... But maybe the morning?
"A study lead by researchers from Brown Alpert Medical School in the US has shown it really doesn't matter if you're a dawn jogger or a twilight cyclist; it's the consistency that's key if it's weight-loss you're after."
"Roughly half of the volunteers were morning people, which, when taken in context with a previous study by some of the same scientists, could indicate physical activity before you start your day is the way to go."
"Activities we expect to do at set times – such as picking up the kids, going to work, or attending social meetings – aren't really things we give a great deal of conscious thought to. This mindless repetition is referred to as automaticity in psychology circles, and has already been shown to be important when it comes to sticking to an exercise regime."
The article goes on to describe the limitations of these findings and the direction needed to further research the subject. Read the whole article here at Science Alert.
I had a hard time separating the efficacy of the morning time of day for exercise from the fact that morning people are highly motivated to exercise and thus are more likely to be more consistent and achieve their weight loss goals.
Critical thinking always requires one to consider the quality of the source of information. I found a great website called Media Bias/Fact Check. "We are the most comprehensive media bias resource on the internet. There are currently 2800+ media sources listed in our database and growing every day. Don’t be fooled by Fake News sources".
Here is what they say about Science Alert:
"These sources consist of legitimate science or are evidence based through the use of credible scientific sourcing. Legitimate science follows the scientific method, is unbiased and does not use emotional words. These sources also respect the consensus of experts in the given scientific field and strive to publish peer reviewed science. Some sources in this category may have a slight political bias, but adhere to scientific principles. Overall, we rate ScienceAlert Pro-Science based on publishing well source science news. Editorially, they do lean left, but are High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record."
I'd call that a reliable source. Super happy I found this website to check my sources from now on. Use it!