Fat metabolism (beta oxidation)

Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Author FitnessGenes

Fat metabolism (beta oxidation)

Did you know that fats provide twice as much energy per unit mass compared to carbohydrates and protein? 

Accordingly, fats are important both as a fuel source for exercising muscles and as an energy store for times of need (e.g. during fasting). 

Through a process called "beta-oxidation," our cells can generate energy by metabolizing one of the building blocks of fats – fatty acids. During exercise and periods of fasting, our bodies break down fat stores to release fatty acids, which can then be used by muscles for fuel. 

Your fat metabolism (beta oxidation) trait analyzes how effectively your muscle cells can use fatty acids as a source of fuel. This process is particularly important if you're looking to shed body fat, lose weight and improve your body composition. 

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