The Food That Prevents You From Burning Fat

Here’s another reason to put down that bagel: If you eat fewer carbohydrates, you’ll torch more fat when you exercise. In a study recently published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, women who followed a low-carb diet (about 20 percent of their daily calories) for 48 hours burned significantly more fat during a treadmill session—and for two hours afterward—than those who ate a more moderate amount of grains, fruit, and starches. “When your body’s resources are limited, it saves carbohydrates for vital functions and uses fat as fuel,” says study author Jeffrey Potteiger, Ph.d., dean of graduate studies at Grand Valley State University. Bet a breakfast of protein-rich egg whites and turkey bacon is looking pretty yummy right now!

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