Just wanted to share something I found interesting in the Fall 2009 issue of REMEDY magazine on page 7
Do Workouts really work?
You leave the gym after an hour on the stationary bike, confident that you'll be burning off extra calories all day.
Well, maybe not.
Research shows that eating as little as 240 calories of carbohydrates during the hour before exercise can reduce fat-burning during exercise, and the boost in fat-burning during exercise can be stuymied up for up to six hours after eating a meal.
The study in Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews states, "Exercise of an hour or less has little impact on 24-hour fat oxidation." Edward Melanson, Ph.D., a resarcher at the University of Colorado Health Scineces Center in Denver, explains: "It's not that exercise doesn't burn fat, it's just that we replace the calories."
This shouldn't discourage people from exercise, he says, but should help them be realistic about "calories in, calories out."