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FAT LOT OF GOOD

WITH SEVERAL HIGH-PROFILE RUNNERS EXTOLLING THE VIRTUES OF FAT-ADAPTED RUNNING, WHAT IS IT EXACTLY AND CAN EVERYDAY RUNNERS BENEFIT FROM CUTTING CARBS?
WORDS: MICHELLE NEWITT / PHOTOS: ISTOCKPHOTO.COM

Fat-adapted training is essentially where your body primarily burns fat for energy – whether that’s stored body fat or dietary fats. It is based on the premise that our bodies should (and for thousands of years, did) rely primarily not on carbs for fuel, but on fat. Runners need to fuel correctly to stock up their energy stores and now there’s a growing body of evidence to suggest the dominant approach to sports nutrition, based primarily on using carbohydrates as workout fuel, may not be the most effective.

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I once had the pleasure of interviewing Usain Bolt. Amid all the joking and theatrics, I asked him what his nutrition secret was. Beckoning me to come closer, he looked me in the eye and said: “Fried chicken.” e fastest man in the world was fuelled by a well-known high street chain of fast food – one man’s fuel is another man’s poison. For most of us, this would be a recipe for disaster. At Men’s Running, we’ve never been evangelical about food but have consistently promoted a healthy eating plan to fuel better performances. is special issue tells you everything you need to know about food types, what to eat and when. We’ve also packed in some mouth-watering recipes so that you can get busy in the kitchen and amaze your friends and family with your culinary skills! Of course, ‘fuel’ doesn’t just mean food. In the last 15 years, sports nutritionists have been extolling the virtues of various products like creatine and whey protein, as well as various vitamins and minerals. We explain why and how you can use these products as part of a healthy diet. Enjoy this special issue and fuel your body to even better running in 2019!