Fat Burn: this is the single most over sold and poorly understood term in the history of fitness.
Here are 5 Fat Burning Truths
1. Excess Body Fat comes from an Energy Surplus
There’s no sugar coating this one, no pun intended. If you eat more energy than you use, the excess energy will be stored as fat. The real truth is that it requires a healthy Energy Deficit for you to lose body fat.
2. High Intensity Exercise is Rubbish for Burning Fat
Contrary to the current high intensity obsession, it is in fact moderate intensity exercise that burns fat. High intensity exercise burns sugar. Fat requires oxygen to burn, so we must spend a good amount of time doing moderate exercise to burn fat in the presence of oxygen. It’s not all about blood sweat and tears.
3. Easy to Moderate Intensity Exercise Builds a Fat Burning Body
Every time you do easy to moderate exercise you grow more of the equipment within your body that burns fat. Blood vessels grow more richly around your fat stores and within the fat burning structures of your muscles. Enzymes that release stored fat for you to use are produced in greater amounts as a result of training in this fat burning state. So, make sure you do train appropriately to get better at burning your body fat.
4. You can not lose fat from target areas
Your body takes fat from head to toe, so when you lose body fat it comes off from all over your body. For example, if you lose 1% body fat, you will lose 1% of the fat you had on your bum and 1% of the fat you had stored in your tummy, face etc. “Spot reduction” is a myth.
5. There are NO quick fixes
It takes time to put on weight, it takes time and patience to take it off. The secret is to get into a routine of regular exercise and healthy eating.
Keep an eye out for more on the points raised here in future blog posts