Should You Take a Walk after Eating?


Couple Walking with Kids

It's likely that you already know that eating before exercise requires timing. Whether you exercise first thing in the mornings or have a midday or evening workout, you shouldn't eat within a couple hours of exercising. That said, eating a high-carb and high-protein meal three or four hours before exercise can help you build muscle as well as lose weight. However, according to recent research from the University of Otago in New Zealand, the benefits observed due to physical activity after meals suggest that current guidelines for diabetics and those diagnosed with pre-diabetes should be amended to specify a post-meal walk, particularly when the meal contains a substantial amount of carbohydrates.

Results of Research Study

During the study, 41 people with Type 2 diabetes were split into two groups, one group walked 30 minutes a day all at once while a second group walked 10 minutes three times a day immediately following a meal. The group that walked after each meal had a 22% reduction in post-meal glycemic levels than those who walked all at once. The study also suggested that the greatest benefit was walking after the dinner meal, which could be due to the trend for eating more carbohydrate rich meals in the evenings.

Metabolic Research Center Can Personalize Your Plan

With the increase in the number of people being diagnosed with pre-diabetes as well as Type 2 diabetes, a brief walk (especially after a carb-heavy meal) appears to be beneficial in managing the condition. For non-diabetics on a weight loss program, lowering glycemic levels is a good thing. But, finding the best time to eat small meals and snacks to fuel your body before, during and after a workout is also important. At the Metabolic Research Center, our weight loss consultant can help you choose a menu plan and exercise regimen that will help you reach your personal fitness goals.

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