Project Title

Effect of habitual diet on fuel utilisation during exercise


This project aims to investigate the interaction between habitual diet and fuel utilisation during exercise. Specifically, whether dietary fat and carbohydrate composition affect the rate of maximal fat oxidation.

This is a cross-sectional study in which the participants visit the laboratory on a one-off occasion. During this visit, they participate in anthropometry measurements (height, weight, hip and waist circumference, body composition), have blood collected to be analysed for health markers (resting glucose, lactate, ketones and a lipid profile) and DNA (CD-36 gene), undergo a variety of nutritional analysis measures to determine their habitual diet and complete a maximal aerobic exercise test on a cycle ergometer to determine fuel partitioning. The population for this study are healthy males (aged 18-54 years) and healthy females (aged 18-64 years), absent of cardiovascular disease, diabetes or cardiovascular disease or diabetes medications, are not pregnant, have no diagnosed mental illnesses and have been weight stable and had a stable diet in the past six months.


habitual diet, fuel utilisation, exercise, dietary fat, maximal fat oxidation

Document Type

Research Methodology

Lead Organisation

University of Sydney

Partner Oganisations

Macquarie University

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