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Intensity Burn

By New You Editorial
Posted On Apr 08, 2013

New You Health Tip: Get out of the “fat zone.”

 

 

 

 

 

The common idea, that says while exercising we should maintain a specific (lower) level of intensity for maximum fat burn, is simply misleading. First; ignore catch phrases on your treadmill or step machine that indicates a “target heart rate” or “fat-burning zone.” This misconception derives from the fact that the body fuels itself with fat during low-intensity workouts  and conversely, uses carbohydrates during high-intensity routines. The fact remains, however, that extreme exercise combined with interval training burns more fat immediately and continuously. Recent research suggests that doing 30-minute cycling intervals or 20-minute run intervals, both with two minute rests in between, at approximately 90% of the maximum heart rate yields the most optimal fat burn for a full 24 hours.