Is the ‘fat burning zone’ the best way to lose fat?
Is the ‘fat burning zone’ the best way to lose fat? By Dawn Sylvester
Staying in the fat burning zone can sometimes be a long, drawn out method of training. With the idea that if you work out moderately for long periods of time, you will burn more calories from fat.
One of the vital aspects of fat loss is a calorie deficit. This can be done through nutrition or exercise, or – most preferably – both. Never forget that you simply cannot out-exercise a bad diet, but you can find ways to get to your goals sooner.
Interval training might be just what you are looking for.
If your question remains, “is the fat burning zone the best way to lose fat?” keep reading!
We need to fuel our bodies with complex carbohydrates and sufficient hydration to prepare our bodies for strenuous exercise.
We also want to ensure the muscle tissue we broke down during the high-intensity exercise is replaced within 30-45 minutes after with a simple carbohydrate drink mixed with protein.
By doing this you will keep the body in an anabolic state so you don’t waste precious muscle tissue.
The quickest way to do that is to GET OUT of the fat burning zone.
Yes, work out so hard and so intensely that your post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) is on fire. It’ll be so high that you continue to burn calories for hours after you have stopped the training session.
Whether you choose to do cardiovascular workouts by running, doing stairs, sprinting, or doing interval training with weights, keep it intense.
And, to make this style of exercise even more appealing – it’s short! It should be so short, and so hard, that you could not do it for a long time.
The way to determine if you are working hard enough is this: If you can do this type of beast mode workout for longer than 30 minutes, you are not working hard enough. So shorten the length of the rest periods, and amp up the working part of the session. You want quick results right?
This can be a much needed addition to any stalled fatloss program. When you work out with this intensity, make sure you’re prepared for resting after.
Do this type of workout 2-3 times weekly.