Fat burning and cycling: separating the myths from the truth

Burn more fat and you’ll spare carbohydrate, lose weight and ultimately ride faster — that’s the theory. But does it work in practice, or is it all a bunch of big fat lies?

Fat burning and cycling michelle arthurs brennan

You’re full of fat. No offence. We all are. Even a lean athlete has around 100,000 calories of the stuff stored away, predominantly nestled under the skin and within muscles.

When we ride, it’s carbohydrates — of which the body can store just 2,000 calories’ worth — we guzzle, in the form of drinks, bars and gels.

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Row 0 - Cell 0 5 second5 minute20 minute1 minute
R1, placebo1114311222410
R1, ketone1088295225402
R2, placebo801241210286
R2, ketone763239208283
R3, placebo943293230378
R3, placebo1010296228408

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