After an intense hour of sweating on the treadmill or pumping iron, most of us look forward to the extra post-exercise "afterburn" of fat cells that has been promised to us by fitness pundits. This 24-hour period of altered metabolism is supposed to help with our overall weight loss.
Unfortunately, a recent study found this to be a myth for moderate exercisers. The new research clarifies a misunderstanding that exercisers can ignore their diet after a workout because their metabolism is in this super active state.
"It's not that exercise doesn't burn fat," said Edward Melanson, associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado, "It's just that we replace the calories. People think they have a license to eat whatever they want, and our research shows that is definitely not the case. You can easily undo what you set out to do.”
The findings were detailed in the April edition of Exercise and Sport Sciences Review.
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