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High Intensity Cardio or Slow Steady Cardio?

Posted by Milan Rao on

Using high intensity cardio to burn fat faster is an approach that has been used by a number of people, it’s benefits are huge and numerous, but it should always be done in a controlled environment and via a well set out plan.

There is no doubt that this particular type of exercise does indeed burn fat a lot faster, but how does it actually work?  

The reason why it works is because your body is being asked to produce a lot more energy than it has stored in order to deal with the intensity of the workout and it does this by burning off those fat reserves it has been keeping for a rainy day. Your body then has to keep producing energy even after you stop as it needs that in order to  
start repairing the muscles and settling your body after your strenuous workout.  

It is also important to point out that this particular type of workout focuses on burning a different type of fat than what you would get doing a cardio workout that has a lower intensity such as a brisk walk. The problem with lower intensity cardio work is that it only gets your heart working to around 60% of the maximum heart rate, but this is not high enough for optimal fat burning in your body. Instead, you will only burn off the easy stuff, but the harder fat will still be there, so by increasing the intensity you burn off both types resulting in quicker weight loss.  

There are other reasons why you should look at using this approach and one major reason is that you will then be able to deal with lactic acid a lot easier. It is this lactic acid build up that results in muscles becoming tired and burning with you then stopping, so by learning how to deal with this you can then workout for longer periods of time resulting in more calories and fat being burnt off and that weight disappearing.   

This does take some time, but you at least know that whilst you are building up this resistance, your body is currently burning off fat as quickly as it needs to in order to give you energy to keep on working.  

Finally, this approach results in improving the sensitivity of your body to insulin and the outcome of this is that the muscles are going to absorb the glucose, and use it to repair themselves and to get energy, rather than it being turned into fat stores. This does mean that when you burn off the fat, and then lose weight, it should stay that way rather than things fluctuating depending on how much exercise you have been doing during the week. Using high intensity cardio to burn fat faster does indeed work, but you must be prepared to put in a lot of work in order to achieve the best possible end result.

By using this approach, your body will burn off fat as it needs that sudden surge of energy and you will also build lean muscle quicker so not only will you get fitter, but you will also notice a difference when you step on those scaled and this, after all, is the important part.

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