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Should Runners Eat More Fat To Burn More Fat?

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The fitness experts and running coaches suggest it is vital for runners to enhance their metabolic activity, and train their body to burn both, carbohydrates and fat much more efficiently.

While traditionally, health experts suggested a standard low-fat and high carbohydrates diet for runners; off-late the trend has changed. Today, the fitness experts and running coaches suggest it is vital for runners to enhance their metabolic activity, and train their body to burn both, carbohydrates and fat much more efficiently.

This is why nowadays runners are suggested to intake more proteins and fats and reduce the carbohydrates intake so that the body can learn to burn fat and develop an inimitable efficiency in fat burning.

More Fat in Diet Helps in Running Farther + Faster

The LCHF (Low-Carb, High-Fat) diet helps in training the body to use the stored fat as the fuel. As the body learns to utilise stored fat, it starts burning more fat gradually, and as a result, the storage of fat in the body decreases.

The theory suggests that since our body can store more fat than the carbohydrates, we are able to run farther and faster as we become “Fat Adapted”. This type of diet and running philosophy is being greatly appreciated by the long distance runners who need more fuel in the body to run longer distances.

Composition of LCHF Diet

While the composition of LCHF diet varies from person to person, the most commonly recommended LCHF diet composition suggests 70% calories should come from fat, up to 25% calories should be derived from proteins and only 5% from carbohydrates. This ratio can differ a little, but, fats will always dominate the LCHF diet for runners as more than half of the total calories will always come from fats.

first published:June 24, 2017, 14:35 IST