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23/10/15

BURNING FAT: The Key to Endurance

Everyone knows the importance of carbohydrates when it comes to performance with lot’s of athletes ‘carbo loading’ leading up to a race and consuming high carb drinks and gels during and after. However less thought is given to the role of fat in endurance sport. Our bodies are like hybrid cars they don’t just run solely on one source of energy they use both carbs and fat and even a bit of protein.

The main source of energy during exercise is largely determined by the intensity of the exercise. During high intensity exercise (60-75% VO2 max) fast twitch muscle fibres do the majority of the work and they require a fast source of energy in the form of carbohydrates. Read More...

 


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