Burning Fat – The Who:
People exercise for many different reasons. And, while the benefits of the varying types of workouts overlap some (burning calories), each has their primary goal. Pumping iron builds muscle. Yoga increases flexibility. Pilates helps to strengthen the core. And of course, Cardiovascular training improves the functioning of the body’s respiratory system.
Burning Fat – The What:
However, no matter what driving force is behind the regimen one chooses, a “must-have” payoff is a fat burn. Sure, all forms of exercise, or activity for that matter, burn calories. But do they burn fat? And if so, how much?
During exercise, the body burns calories that have been consumed and stored from food that have been previously eaten. Obviously, the amount of calories the body burns depends on the amount of food stored and the duration as well as the intensity of the exercise. For example, when training in a fasted stated at a high intensity, more fat storage is used. This is due to the fact that body will be lacking glycogen (stored carbohydrates normally used for energy during exercise). Fat is the next fuel source available to the body.
Burning Fat – The Why:
At rest, fat is the fuel source of choice for the body. However, since it takes more than twice the energy to burn a calorie of fat than it does a calorie of carbohydrate, that is a true slow burn! More like a no burn! So, in order for fat storage to be accessed and used during exercise, the body needs to be tricked. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is just what the doctor, or, in this case, the trainer orders.
Burning Fat – The When:
Since HIIT works best on an empty stomach, after a fast (like when you are asleep), mornings are best to train for fat loss. I know many people are anti ante meridiem ([am] before midday in Latin) workouts.
Burning Fat – The How
But training then, coupled with Intermittent Fasting, is the perfect one-two punch for knocking out fat. Take caution however. The body still needs to be hydrated properly for a workout to be effective. So, even if done in conjunction with intermittent fasting, please allow enough time prior to your workout to hydrate properly before you being. Two or three glasses of water about 2 hours before your workout will be enough. So you may have to be up and at ’em a little earlier than usual.
Burning Fat – The Where:
While HIIT can be done anywhere and with practically any or no equipment, there is no reason why those looking to drop a few can’t. However, I personally recommend coming to Body Designs West and train with either me or my wife Tracy if you want to see results…fast! Have you been gone a while and need a kick start, you know where we’re at. If you have just found us and want to know how to get in touch, click here.
Burning Fat – Are you?
People exercise for many different reasons. What’s yours?
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