Most people think that having a “high-fat meal”for breakfast, lunch or dinner is bad a thing, but a recent Japanese study suggests otherwise. The research was done with a small group of people who ate a high-fat meal then waited 1 hour to do an after-meal exercise routine. The after-meal workouts consisted of light resistance training and walking. What makes this study so interesting is the fact that it showed a better reduction of triglyceride levels when exercising after eating. High-level triglycerides are usually associated with eating high fat foods and heart disease. This study showed that exercising after eating bad foods could reduce triglyceride levels more than if you worked out before eating.
Yahoo News‘ article by Rachael Rettner, MyHealthNewsDaily Staff Writer | LiveScience.com, talks about the study that was done by researchers at Kyoto Prefectural University.
The results show that walking and doing light resistance training one hour after eating a high-fat meal reduces the boost in triglycerides, fats in the blood, normally seen after consuming this type of food. What’s more, exercising after eating did a better job of reducing elevations in triglyceride levels than exercising before a meal.
High levels of triglycerides can increase the risk of heart disease.
Regular exercise reduces triglyceride levels, but few studies had looked at the effect of exercise on triglyceride levels shortly after eating, the researchers said.
The Japanese researchers measured triglyceride levels on 10 women and 10 men after eating. The research was done over a 3-day period. On two separate days people exercised either 1 hour before or 1 hour after eating, the third day there was no exercise.
When people exercised before dining, their triglyceride levels increased to 148 mg/dL within two hours after eating (a 25 percent reduction compared with triglyceride levels following no exercise). When people exercised after eating the meal, their triglyceride levels increased to 131 mg/dL (a 72 percent reduction compared with no exercise.)
This new research demonstrating how after-meal exercise routine can substantially reduce heart disease is an interesting finding. Hopefully those who typically consume high-fat meals look at this research and consider doing some form of exercise after eating. It may certainly increase their life expectancy and health. You can read more interesting articles at http://www.impactfitnessinc.com! Cheers!
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