Why should you exercise before breakfast? Research shows that exercising before breakfast is the optimum fat burning time of day. When you work out before breakfast you start out with lower blood sugar than normal. Because of the lower blood sugar, your body will release glucagon sooner and start burning fat sooner.
Why should I make the first meal largest and the last the smallest? Adelle Davis, 1960s nutrition guru, is credited with the suggestion that people “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.” Most nutrition professionals would surmise that her weight loss idea is most likely to succeed due to the caloric deficit that resulted from the change in the quality, quantity, and consistency of the diet rather than just the timing of the meals. Logic seems to suggest that eating carbs later in the day makes your body more likely to store them as fat.
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Having had a long term friendly argument with my coach over body weight (yes I’m happy with my weight, I don’t understand why you aren’t?!) I decided to do some research into how exactly body weight affects performance. As far as I understand, body weight has little effect on swimming performance; in fact, I read that excess weight can in fact aid buoyancy. Seems logical, and it certainly would explain why that rather large man in my local pool can swim at least as fast as I can!When it comes to running and cycling, body weight has a lot of influence. Read More
I tried my first attempt at snow running tonight. I have to be honest, it didnt fill me with thrills for many reasons:
When I first started out as a triathlete, I remember going for regular winter runs round the local reservoir (a 6 mile loop) and to keep up with the crowd, my heart rate was in the high 170’s and it felt like hard hard work yet I really wasn’t moving that quickly. The people I was running with always used to go on about how they were running ‘aerobically’ today, and keep their heart rate around 145. WHAT!!!!??? Read More
Brett: I have great athletes that have ironman bodies and short course heads. You need the mentality. An athlete he trained said ironman was the most boring thing he had ever done in his life. He stopped and sat on the side of the road! You also have the other people who are the other way round, they can’t do the distance physically but like doing longer stuff slower. Ironman is a psychological makeup. Read More