Fats for Athletes

Fats, one of the three major components of food (others are proteins and carbohyrdates), is an important energy fuel for exercising athletes.

During moderate exercise, about half of the total energy expenditure is derived from free fatty acid metabolism. For event lasts an hour or more, fats may provide most of the energy. The actual amount of fat as a fuel depends on the exercise duration, intensity and the fitness of the athlete. Trained athletes use fat for energy more quickly than untrained athletes.

Of course, if too much fat (or any other energy source for that matter) is consumed, then it may be stored as excess adipose tissue and may hinder exercise perofrmance. Also, not all fats are not created equal - you should limit your intake of trans fatty acids and saturated fats.

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