High vs low intensity exercise - what burns more fat?
Posted Mar 16 2010 1:48am
What do you think burns more fat?
A light jog for a long time, say one hour. Or spending 2o minutes going as fast as you can?
When you exercise, you get energy from glycogen (stored in muscles) or from fat stores. Low intensity exercise burns more fat as a percentage of total energy. For this reason, many gym machines recommend we use this 'fat burning zone' to get results.
Things are not as they seem however. Because high intensity exercise requires more energy as fuel, it actually burns more fat per minute, and a lot more total calories. For fat burning purposes, it is this kind of exercise that will get the results. Added to this is the bonus that the harder you exercise, the more calories you will burn in the recovery period.
The no pain no gain mantra rings true afterall!
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