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Health Benefits Enhanced By Low-Carb Meals After Aerobic Exercise

January 28, 2010: 01:38 PM EST
The health benefits of aerobic exercise come from the most recent exercise session rather than from long-term activity, and are greatly affected by the food we eat afterwards, according to a U.S. study. Different foods eaten after exercise have a different impact on metabolism. The researchers focused on insulin sensitivity: increased sensitivity means muscles absorb sugar more easily from the blood for storage or fuel. In the study of nine men, exercise enhanced insulin sensitivity, especially when post-exercise meals eaten contained lower levels of carbohydrates. The results suggest that people can benefit from exercise without under eating or losing weight.
Sean A. Newsom, Simon Schenk, et al. , "Energy deficit after exercise augments lipid mobilization but does not contribute to the exercise-induced increase in insulin sensitivity ", Journal of Applied Physiology, January 28, 2010, © American Physiological Society
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