Skip Nav
Should You Do Cardio or Weights First?
Which Should You Do First, Cardio or Weights? Here's What Fitness Trainers Say
Healthy Living
If Your Mind Says Salad and Smoothies but Also Says Pizza and Cake, You'll Love These Memes
I'm a Trainer, and This Is How Strength Training Complements Running (Workout Included)
Weight Loss
I Ate 1 Avocado Every Day For 2 Weeks to See If It'd Help Me Lose Weight, and Here's What Happened
Weight Loss
If You Want to Lose Weight With Intermittent Fasting, Follow This 11-Step Guide

What's the Best Time of Day to Burn Fat?

A Trainer Says This Is How and When You Should Work Out to Burn More Fat

Have you ever wondered if there was an optimal time of day to work out to burn more fat and calories? Turns out there actually is, but there's a slight catch. To better understand how to maximize fat burn, POPSUGAR spoke with Pratik Patel, director of performance nutrition and assistant strength and conditioning coach for the New York Giants.

Pratik explained that working out in the morning is the best time of day to burn more calories. "When you're sleeping, you're breaking down muscle glycogen and liver gylcogen, so you're potentially in this fasted state when you wake up." He said you'll continue to burn calories if you don't eat upon waking up. Because your body is in a depleted state, it may shift more toward burning fat as an energy source due to a limited carbohydrate fuel source.

While this is great news for those looking to burn fat and lose weight, Pratik told POPSUGAR that the fuel source predominately used (carbohydrates vs. fats) is dictated by the intensity of the workout. If you choose to do steady-state cardio, you'll burn higher proportions of fat in your workout, whereas more intense workouts will lead to a greater calorie burn in the 24 hours following your workout.


Most importantly, Pratik explained that regardless of when you choose to do cardio, if you're consistently eating the same amount of calories, you'll see similar changes in body composition and body mass. Fasted or fed, avoiding a hypocaloric diet, eating proper nutrition, and consistently working out will help you lose weight.

Image Source: Unsplash / Bruce Mars
From Our Partners
10-Minute Beginner's Workout
How Much Weight Can I Lose by Walking 5 Miles a Day?
Does Fasted Cardio Burn Fat?
Biggest Fitness Myths
Does Working Out in the Morning Boost Your Metabolism?
Should You Do Cardio or Weights First?
Will Eating 1 Avocado Every Day Help With Weight Loss?
How Often Should I Do HIIT to Lose Weight?
Do Low-Calorie Diets Lower Metabolism?
How Many Macros Do I Need to Lose Weight?
How Many Calories Should I Eat in a Day?
How to Choose the Right Weight
From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds