The more we exercise, the better able we are to burn more fat, a finding that could ultimately lead to a pill that could mimic the effects of exercise.
Exercise boosts metabolism and lasts even after the workout ends.
People who are fitter burn fat more efficiently during exercise.
Potential applications include targeted fitness programs, better sports drinks and even a magic exercise pill.
Exercising boosts your ability to burn fat by anywhere from 50 percent to more than 1,000 percent, depending on how fit you are to begin with and how long you exercise, found a new study. What's more, this accelerated burn lasts long after the workout ends.
The study was the first to look in detail at how exercise affects more than 200 molecules in the body that are related to metabolism. Besides helping explain why exercise is good for us, the findings might lead to better tests for assessing fitness, new ways to diagnose heart problems, and better nutritional supplements that replenish what's lost during heavy exercise.