Body Fat Weighs Down Recovery

Whether you’re hoisting a stack of plates or swimming laps, a demanding session of exercise is going to elevate your heart rate and leave you winded. According to a study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine, body fat helps determine how quickly you recover from these conditions.

Fourteen professional cyclists were recruited to perform 30-second all out sprints. After determining levels of body fat, researchers calculated the time it took excess oxygen consumption and heart rate to return to normal. They found that body fat impedes heart rate recovery and delays the return to normal breathing.

True Strength Moment: While it’s next to impossible to reduce levels of body fat to zero, professional cyclists are known to be some of the leanest athletes around. How does your waistline compare? If you’re starting to let your diet get away from you, this might be the incentive you need to dial in that diet a little tighter.


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Grilling's Influence On Belly Fat

Summer’s the time for grilling steaks, fish filets and ribs over flaming charcoal, but a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences cautions against preparing a lot of your meals this way. Research on lab mice found that a byproduct of dry heat cooking called methyl-glyoxal can contribute to abdominal fat buildup and insulin resistance over time – four generations, in the case of these lab rats!

True Strength Moment: While the rodent subjects in this study probably ate barbequed items almost exclusively over four lifetimes, you probably don’t cook out on the grill all that often. Still, this study offers cautionary insight into how too much of a good thing can turn against your goals for living a fit, healthy lifestyle. If a little is good, more isn’t always better.