Weight management

Fat burning: how working out in the cold can...

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As the weather gets colder, you may feel like hibernating instead of exercising, but don’t give in – get out and do it! Winter exertions can transform your body into a true fat-burning furnace, making you slimmer and fitter by the time April’s balmy breezes finally blow. How can cold air clip corpulence from your... MORE

Fat-burning after ovulation

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Female athletes fire up fat burning after ovulation, but does it make any difference to weight loss or competitive performance? Most people are aware that strenuous endurance training can disrupt normal menstruation in female athletes, but few are aware of the effect that the menstrual cycle itself can have on training and performance. Now, researchers... MORE

Fat and body fat levels – cyclists

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As competitive cyclists search for ways to improve their workouts and performances, they often focus on their body-fat levels. Most cyclists want to get rid of surplus body fat so that they will have less ‘excess baggage’ to carry as they train and compete. Paradoxically, although cyclists hate flabbiness, many of them actually take in... MORE

How endurance training helps women keep their weight down

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Endurance training leads to metabolic changes which favour leanness in women. That is the main conclusion of a Canadian study which compared the thermogenic (energy-burning) response to food and other metabolic changes after eating in 12 endurance-trained and 13 untrained women. The trained subjects were distance runners or triathletes, who had been training for at... MORE

Fat adaptation: a fat lot of good?

in Dietary basics, Nutrition for endurance athletes, Weight management

Many athletes are familiar with the concept of training ‘periodisation’, where training volume and intensity are deliberately structured in distinct phases in order to peak for a specific event, while allowing adequate recovery. In recent years however, ‘dietary periodisation’ has been proposed for endurance athletes as a way of enhancing fat metabolism and conserving precious... MORE

Conjugated linoleic acid – does it aid fat loss?

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Is conjugated linoleic acid really a magic route to fat loss and a healthy old age? Lies, damn lies and supplements! At least, that’s the way it can seem in the world of performance-enhancing sports supplements. All too often, the mere mention of a theoretical and untested benefit of a metabolic intermediate or obscure nutritional... MORE

Body fat – improve your immunity and endurance levels

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Athletes: increase your body fat levels! The relative importance of fat in the athlete’s diet has been undervalued, with potentially harmful effects on immunity as well as endurance performance, according to New York researchers reviewing the effects of diet on immune function in athletes. ‘It is of great concern,’ they comment, ‘that many athletes are... MORE

Exercise intensity and body composition

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Low intensity exercise is best for overall weight loss, while high intensity exercise is best for maintaining muscle mass, according to a new study from Greece. The researchers set out to compare the effects of two exercise training programmes (both expending equal amounts of energy but one of low and one of high intensity) on... MORE

Body composition and sport: why weight is a poor...

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The bathroom scales might tell you how much is there, but they don’t tell you what is there. Knowing your body composition, and more specifically your body fat level, allows you to plan and measure the outcomes of your training and dietary programmes more accurately, writes James Marshall. The human body is composed of many... MORE

Fat burning zone

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Why athletes, fitness enthusiasts and slimmers should steer clear of the fat burning zone Gary O’Donovan explains why high-intensity exercise is the best bet for training and weight loss The concept of the fat burning zone is highly attractive to the exercise enthusiasts of today, many of whom are more interested in weight loss than... MORE

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