Eating or Fasting for Fat Loss: A Controversy Resolved

Research: Italian study weighs the value of breakfast before exercise.

One variable of interest in Paoli and colleagues’ study was excess postexercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC. This represents the oxygen consumption, or energy expenditure (above the baseline, or pre-exercise, level), that occurs after an exercise bout. It is sometimes called “after-burn,” implying the burning of calories after the workout.

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