BURNING FAT vs BURNING CALORIES 101
To lose weight and get in shape you must have a good diet and exercise regularly. Consistency is the key.
The first thing you must understand about exercise is that just because you are burning calories does not mean you are burning fat.
If you’re overweight, your main focus when you exercise should be to lose body fat and you can’t lose body fat just from burning calories.
When we exercise, our bodies will start burning calories, but the calories that are burned are the calories from carbohydrates in our system. In order to burn calories from your stored fat, your body requires the presence of oxygen.
There is a certain amount of oxygen that your body needs in order to start burning fat and the only way for you to measure the amount needed for your own body is to keep up with your target heart rate during exercise.
Please understand that if you continue to only burn calories from carbohydrates, you will lose mostly water weight which leads to a decrease in your metabolism. Also, think of the calories that are burned from carbohydrates as your energy calories. If you lose too much energy calories then your muscles will not receive enough energy to increase your metabolism which indirectly burn fat. Therefore you must increase your calorie intake when you are on an exercise program to replace your burned energy calories. Pretty simple really. You probably already know, one meal a day doesn’t work…
Burning Fat Calories during exercise- HOW TO?
During aerobic exercise, your body goes through several stages before it reaches the point where you are burning fat. You will hear people say that you are only burning sugar (carbohydrates) not fat during the first 10 minutes of exercise. This is true to a certain extent. I say this because you will continue to burn sugar past the 10 minute mark if you are not working out hard enough for your body to want more oxygen; or you are working out too hard and you can’t supply your body with enough oxygen for fat burning.
When you exercise you must move at a steady pace (not too fast, not too slow) so your body will utilize your stored fat (not carbohydrates or sugar) as its energy source. Also remember that just because you reached the fat burning stage does not mean you will stay there. Staying at the fat burning stage once again depends on if you are moving at a pace that is right for your body. Make sure that you are within your target heart rate range.
Burning Fat Calories at rest
The only way for you to continue to burn fat calories hours after you have finished working out is through the anaerobic exercise of weight training.
YES, Weight training is the key to burning fat at rest. Weight training is an anaerobic activity that will cause you to burn more calories than aerobic exercise. READ THAT AGAIN !
The calories that you are burning during weight training exercises are mostly calories from carbohydrates (meaning you must eat even more calories per day for energy); but the calories you burn at rest are mostly calories from fat. The reason you are burning fat at rest is because weight training increases both lean muscle tissue and your metabolism which uses your stored fat as energy.
To make your body the ultimate fat burning machine you must do aerobic (cardio) and anaerobic (weight training) exercises and eat a steady 3 – 6 meals/snacks per day. All Meals/Snacks should include a protein source that torches body fat all day long.
Over the last 7 + years, our staff has specialized in teaching others how to do this without having to make a complete overhaul of their lives, schedules, etc.
Believe it or not, there are exercises, combinations of movements and conditioning formats that we’ve proved to produce the best and the fastest results in the shortest amount of time.
We’ve designed everything from a 48 week, 36 week, 24 week all the way down to a 4 week program in order to find the perfect combination(s) all while tracking a few items of interest. In the end, we can easily say without any doubt, it’s possible to lose 20 lbs in 20 days providing…
#1. You have more than 20 lbs to lose 😉
#2. You follow our specially designed exercise and meal planning blueprint.
Without sacrasm, dropping scale weight and reducing body fat isn’t that difficult. .
The difficult stage is maintaining! The reason why is because most people are sold on too many marketing gimics with catchy titles that promise instant gratification. If you’re overweight, odds are you didn’t become over weight in 2 weeks or 6 weeks or 6 months for that matter. Getting the body you want certainly is attainable, but shouldn’t be something you expect to happen over night.
The solution for losing scale weight/reducing body fat is the same plan you’re going to keep using to maintain. This will become very simple for you once you learn how to identify proteins, fats and carbs instead of traditional “dieting.”
When… (“not if”) You start applying good eating habits (consistently), find a training regime you can and want to do 4 – 6x per week that not only challenges you but also increases your heart rate and improves your strength, you will see results relatively fast… then simply repeat.
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