Tuesday, 10 July 2007

The Fat-Burning Zone: A myth?

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The elliptical trainers at my gym all have the same chart that shows you where your heart rate should be to either burn fat or build cardiovascular endurance -- depending on your age and weight. The idea behind the 'Fat Burning Zone' is this: Under high intensity training, the body burns mostly stored carbohydrates, while under lower intensity, the body burns stored fat.

This is generally regarded as a well-known fact in the fitness industry. But is this 'fat-burning zone' idea really a myth? The experts at Prevention Magazine think so. The answer is as simple as this: While low intensity workouts burn more calories from fat, high intensity workouts burn more calories overall, and that's ultimately the key to losing weight.

What do you think?

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