[quote]The Mighty Stu wrote:
-Carbs ingested before training (up to 2 hours before) will improve fat burning AND
Can you link that article Stu? Because this is exactly, completely backwards from every study on fat burning I have ever read, as well as my own experience. Ingest carbs before training- fat burning in that session stops dead cold. At least for me.[/quote]
I think it has more to do with how you interpret the results, than the data changing.
You burn more fat during a workout if you are carb depleted.
You have a more productive workout with carbs included, it’s also easier for your body to create muscle, and overall increase you metabolism.
It’s the same with cardio right? There’s that “fat burning zone”, where your body will burn a higher % of fat vs. carbs for energy at that lower energy level.
But overall, you’ll burn more fat throughout the day, boost your metabolism, and condition yourself far better, doing a shorter, more intense cardio session well outside the “fat burning zone”.
If you are eating relatively low-carb (which I think most here are compared to the mainstream population), your glycogen stores won’t be full. You eat carbs pre-workout, but it doesn’t go to fat, it goes to replenishing glycogen. You then burn through (a portion) of your stores, and have a more effective session.
Yeah, you don’t get fat burning during your session, but being more productive in your session, combined with the greater metabolic boost that comes with it, should net more fat loss for an entire 24 hour period.