This is one of the better threads I have read here on AM in awhile. Most anything I would have said has already been said..lol
Since I am in here though and we are on this subject... Zir, would you be able to provide the full text of the following study? If I spend enough time through google I can usually find the full texts out there (I have no accounts). However, the quality of what little bandwidth I have here in Afghanistan and my lack of patience do not mix well..lol Would be appreciated.
Thanks for that nice bit of info ZiR. I also read up somewhere on MuscleMag Int that following up a training session with cardio specifically helps to burn more fat from that particular isolated muscle area which you just trained. This, I know sounds like sh!t, but it's a recent study that was just published and not some old theory.
The problem with muscle magazines is that most (at least in the ones Ive seen) rely on in-vitro studies or on theories-that-make-sense-so-it-must happen-in-the-body kind of studies. Problem is, is that unless it is in-vivo its hard to determine if the same effect would really occur. I.e. i'm currently looking at review papers for the subject of "does high altitude training improve performance at sea-level" and all the mechanisms involved would seem to provide proof that it does. For example, the lower partial pressure of oxygen in the atmosphere at high altitude translates into lower arterial PO2 which signals the body to increase erythropoetin with in turn leads to an increased production of red blood cells which should improve oxygen carrying capacity in lower altitudes. However most of these studies are in-vitro and not in-vivo and its hard to find any proof that the lactate threshold is increased etc.
Same principles apply for other studies; just because it seems plausible it doesn't make it so.