AFTERBURN EFFECT, NUTRITION, AND RECOVERY
If you are interested in burning fat while running, you need to make sure that your body burns more calories per day than it intakes. Running expert Sascha explains that “it depends on a good ratio of exercise and a moderate diet.”
If you only focus on one of the factors, it is going to be pretty hard to achieve or maintain your ideal weight (i.e. yo-yo effect!). Athletes often eat lots of carbohydrates to build up glycogen stores in their muscles. “Generally speaking, this is important for your body’s ability to perform physical exercise.”
However, the consumption of carbohydrates can interfere with the metabolism of fats. This means that if you want to reduce your fat stores, you shouldn’t eat or drink anything containing sugar after your workout. Your body must recover after your workout. “It wants to return to its normal state and it requires energy to do this. This is why your body continues to burn calories even after you finish running.”
This is known as the “afterburn” effect. This effect is highest after interval training or intense strength training.