- Oct 24, 2004
I am finding this to be the truth. At least for me.biker-linz said:I just thought you guys might be interested in these studies:
Tremblay, A., J. A. Simoneau, and C. Bouchard. Impact of exercise intensity on body fatness and skeletal muscle metabolism. Metabolism. 43:814-818, 1994.
Yoshioka, M., E. Doucet, S. St-Pierre, N. Almeras, D. Richard, A. Labrie, J. P. Despres, C. Bouchard, and A. Tremblay. Impact of high-intensity exercise on energy expenditure, lipid oxidation and body fatness. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 25:332-339, 2001.
Basically high-intensity training is more effective for reducing fat mass than is low intensity exercise which uses the same number of calories. Just another nail in the ol' 'fat-burning' intensity myth.
In the past I always used low intensity over a long period of time to retain muscle mass preparing for competition, but getting into cycling and training at higher intensity I am leaning out quickly and still maintaining my lean mass. And the best part I am enjoying the intense road cycling compared to boring hours on a stationary piece of equipement. I wished I had known this years ago rather than sticking to the older mentality of low intensity.