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Leptin and exercising in the morning. Is it really that bad and if so, why???

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 16, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Ok so I have always been a morning exerciser.. It leaves me feeling pretty good the whole day, plus the gym is about 90% less packed in the morning and its easy to find a park... and lets be honest, I am much more likely to exercise if I can do at the time I enjoy.

BUT I read the rules for the leptin reset diet the other day and they state that you should not exercise before or after breakfast, in-fact that you should only exercise after 5pm... Now, I'm pretty sure that my leptin levels are fine as-long as I keep my type one diabetes under control and cardio exercise (high intensity) makes me alot more sensitive to insulin (as it does for people without diabetes) so actually helps me to control my diabetes in a sense.

My question is (under the assumption that my leptin levels are okay): Is there any problem with doing my resistance training and high intensity cardio in the morning? Is this going to cause my leptin receptors to become resistant/go too low?

Also an extra question for anyone who knows the answer.. why is it that morning exercise is bad if you are already leptin resistant?

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on March 17, 2013
at 03:13 PM

Depends on your definition of "regular". Leptin Resistance is not the only thing that can affect you. There's sleep patterns, etc. People that like to stay up late or have shorter sleep hours have different hormonal responses than those sleeping as much as they need to. "Regular" people that party till 1am, sleep till 5am, then get up and go to the gym to exercise are not helping themselves out as much as they think.

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on March 17, 2013
at 02:54 AM

Thanks for this. I just saw that it said 'do not under any circumstance exercise in the morning in the guidelines'... but then again it said avoid exercise at all costs. I suppose it is just for the people with leptin resistance. Thank you for your reply :)

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at 02:52 AM

Cheers. Yeah, I know. I was just curious if there was any problem with it for regular people.

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on March 16, 2013
at 10:59 PM

My recollection on the Leptin Reset Protocol is that is for people that are Leptin resistant. If you aren't Leptin resistant, it doesn't apply to you. ie. exercise when you want.

If you're Leptin resistant, he doesn't want you exercising because your hormones are already screwed up and your body's repair mechanisms aren't working correctly.

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on March 17, 2013
at 02:52 AM

Cheers. Yeah, I know. I was just curious if there was any problem with it for regular people.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on March 17, 2013
at 03:13 PM

Depends on your definition of "regular". Leptin Resistance is not the only thing that can affect you. There's sleep patterns, etc. People that like to stay up late or have shorter sleep hours have different hormonal responses than those sleeping as much as they need to. "Regular" people that party till 1am, sleep till 5am, then get up and go to the gym to exercise are not helping themselves out as much as they think.

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on March 16, 2013
at 05:49 PM

Sarah, as for the last question: why is bad to train in the morning if you are leptin resistant, I guess you are referring to the leptin reset protocol of Jack Kruse. I have read though it and I find it pretty interesting (not tried it already but willing to give it a change, already fit and 11-12% BF but hey if I can improve further why not?). I'm not sure that Jack has stated that is bad to exercise in the morning, it may be just that he thinks that latter in the day is better timing. I mean it because he states somewhere in the blog that exercising late after an early dinner will keep you burning fat and once you then get to sleep you are doing some kind of prolonged fasting that can help the burning fat process and normalization of insulin levels. Then, on the morning, you have that satiating protein feast that should leave you full and without the need to start eating until late on the day. The point here is make you full so you are not hungry, can stick with just or less than 50 gr carbs a day without cravings and that will in the end lead you to loss weight, improve blood sugar levels, insulin sensitivity, leptin sensibility, etc.

That's my interpretation of the protocol. But I guess you could find many ways to achieve this and stick to morning training. I'm jealous as I think you are fortunate, I'm a night owl and find difficult to train in the morning, I do it between 5 and 9 PM naturally (ironic isn't it?). And I can tell you, Dr. says that training on the evening can make you relax and feel and sleep better, but if you train in a very intense fashion, you can then not fall easily sleep due to endorphins and high cortisol production. So not that bad in the end training on the morning IMHO...

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on March 17, 2013
at 02:54 AM

Thanks for this. I just saw that it said 'do not under any circumstance exercise in the morning in the guidelines'... but then again it said avoid exercise at all costs. I suppose it is just for the people with leptin resistance. Thank you for your reply :)

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