I'm not a huge fan of traditional aerobic cardio workouts for fat loss, but they can have an immediate health benefit for anyone who makes the mistake of indulging in too much food.
For example, sometimes even professionals like myself tend to eat one more burger than we need, as I did on a holiday up at the Lake last week. But I knew, as this research study showed, that performing aerobic exercise after a high fat meal can help alleviate the damage. So after the BBQ, my puppy dog and I went for a brisk walk.
According to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, after-dinner cardio can limit the increase in triglycerides after a high fat meal.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 88, No. 1, 30-37, July 2008
Postprandial triglyceride responses to aerobic exercise and extended-release niacin1,2,3
Eric P Plaisance1, Michael L Mestek1, A Jack Mahurin1, J Kyle Taylor1, Jose Moncada-Jimenez1 and Peter W Grandjean1
In this study, fifteen subjects underwent several experiments, each time eating a meal containing 100 grams of fat (you'd have to eat 11 hot dogs to get that much fat, which although that sounds like a difficult task, this year's 4th of July Nathan's hot-dog eating contest winner stuffed down 59!).
In the study where subjects performed aerobic exercise after the high fat meal, the doctors found that triglyercides were lowered by 32% compared to the same meal without post-meal exercise.
So if you make a dietary mistake, do yourself a favor and get a move on. It will not only burn a few calories, but it will help with cardiovascular damage control. And next time, grill some chicken breasts instead!
Helping you cut through the fat loss clutter to get more results in less time,
Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
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