July 9, 2009
Did you know that your body burns different fuels depending on how long you exercise and the amount of intensity exerted?
If you do low intensity exercise over a longer period of time, your body burns 15% fat and 70% carbohydrates.
Moderate intensity, longer duration exercise, lasting 45 minutes to an hour burns 55% fat and 40% carbohydrates.
High intensity, short duration exercise burns 3% fat and 95% carbohydrates.
Logically, if you’re trying to lose weight, most people would choose moderate intensity exercise because it burns the most fat DURING exercise. But that’s the problem.
Our bodies create an adaptive response to the type of exercise we perform. When you move into your fat burning zone DURING exercise… your brain tells your body to replace that fat for the next time you exercise. It even robs your muscle tissue to do it.
The truth of the matter is, you burn 60% fat while you’re RESTING or not doing any exercise at all.
So what type of exercise is best for burning fat?
The answer is short duration, higher intensity. This type of exercise burns 95% carbohydrates and 3% fat DURING exercise. Studies show that doing this type of exercise burns up to 9 times more fat than traditional cardio exercise. And it does it AFTER you’re done exercising.
Doing short duration exercise also creates an adaptive response. Since you’re burning primarily sugar during your workout, your brain senses that it doesn’t need the excess fat and tells your body to get rid of it. So the fat starts melting off your body while you’re resting.
You can have these types of results exercising for an hour or less per week. You’ll exercise less, burn more fat and create long toned muscles that’ll be the envy of your friends.
To find out more go to www.kevinfurey.com and learn about The 1-5-3 Fat Burning System.
All the best,