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Digital Subscriptions > Men's Running > January 2019 > HIT OR MYTH?

HIT OR MYTH?

FROM HITTING THE WALL TO CARB-LOADING, WE DEBUNK RUNNING’S BIGGEST MYTHS

IF YOU WANT TO BURN FAT, RUN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH… MYTH!

JP: It’s true that when humans are in a ‘starved’ state, their primary fuel source is fat at rest. But for fatburning, exercising at lower intensity is what really works. The body makes use of fat, then as intensity is increased we begin to shift towards carbohydrate metabolism. Eventually, carbs become the dominant fuel source. So really it is more like ‘if you want to burn fat, run slow’ – the problem being that low intensities of exercise have a low rate of energy consumption. That means you are going to need a long time to burn significant amounts of fat at low intensity. Ideally, you want to increase the rate of consumption which means you need to run faster/harder.

By improving your running fitness and overall running performance, you will improve the speed at which your body can exercise while still burning fat and thereby improve the rate of fat consumption.

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Search the Internet and there are a million and one quotes about running. But none ring truer than the great Juma Ikangaa, winner of the 1989 New York Marathon, who said: “ e will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.” As runners, we know the importance of training. And yet very few of us ever get it right. Too much here, too little there, not quick enough, not slow enough, not enough hills, too many hills – the list is endless. And confusing. At Men’s Running, we’ve always focused on bringing you great training advice from people who really know what they’re talking about. Whether it’s preparing for a marathon, sharpening up over 5K or adding variety in to your programme, we’ve brought you the best advice from some of the best coaches. So we thought what better way to celebrate than creating this unique training special, packed full of hints, tips, advice and motivation to take your running to the next level – whatever that might be. We hope there’s something here for everybody. And remember, fail to prepare, prepare to fail. We’re not quite sure who said that, but somehow it seems like good advice!