Fit Means Fat Doesn’t Add Up

What is it about exercise that keeps you so slim and trim? A study published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism attempted to answer that question using fed and unfed lab rats. It's well known that increasing the fat content of food or drink will create a fat imbalance. When the rats exercised, a smaller amount of this fat ended up as adipose tissue (body fat). Instead it was trafficked away. The effect was greatest when the rats were fed first, but also worked when they exercised on an empty stomach.

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: The fact that exercise helps prevent the accumulation of fat into tissue is motivation enough to hit the gym with regularity. It's even better news that this metabolic outcome worked best after eating. You don't want to work out on an empty stomach, since your body needs carbohydrates for energy and protein for muscle rebuilding. Minimizing the fat content of that meal can help you reap even greater rewards.
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