The case against carbs: could fat-adapted training make you a better cyclist?

The case against carbs: could fat-adapted training make you a better cyclist?

Michael Donlevy 27 Feb 2018 It starts with fasted rides but goes much further than that, but not all experts are convinced of its benefits Where are you in your training programme? There’s a fair chance that, even if you didn’t balloon over Christmas, you’re trying to lose a few pounds while laying the groundwork for the year ahead. There’s one way of doing it that’s become a big buzzword (buzzphrase?) in recent times: ‘fasted training’. But there’s also an extension of that which edges towards the extremes of what many coaches believe is feasible. It’s guaranteed to help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight, but it also requires you to ditch the carbohydrate that most of us use for fuel. It’s called ‘fat-adapted training’. It starts with fasted training, so that’s where we’ll begin. Quite simply, this is when you ride on an empty stomach. ‘The easiest ...

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