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How do you burn fat on a road bike?

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According to BikeRadar, the best way to burn fat on a road bike is by keeping the ride intensity below 80 percent of a person's maximum heart rate, and to keep riding for longer periods of time. BikeRadar notes that training regularly on a bike helps the body to use fat as a fuel better than custom foods, supplements or psychological tricks.

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According to BikeRadar, the body uses fat as fuel more over longer periods of riding. The fat stored under a person's skin and within muscles is a high calorie fuel depot. BikeRadar explains that even the leanest riders have over 30,000 calories of fat stored, and many riders have over 100,000 calories of fat stored.

Diet plays an important role in how much fat is burned during a ride. Eating a meal filled with carbohydrates between 30 and 90 minutes before a ride causes the body to burn more carbohydrates than fat. BikeRadar recommends riding before breakfast to encourage the body to burn more fat. For rides lasting over two hours, BikeRadar recommends eating light carbohydrate meals during the ride. These meals should be between 40 and 60 grams of carbohydrates per hour of riding.

According to BikeRadar, improved oxygen capacity achieved through regular training helps to increase the amount of fat burned during bike rides.

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