Have you ever wondered which cardio exercises are best for burning extra body fat? Is walking (low intensity) better or running (high intensity) better for burning body fat?
Well, both low and high intensity exercises will help you burn body fat. The question is which one is more effective and burns more body fat. What is your fat burning zone?
When scientists first reported that during intense exercise, your body burns glycogen, which is a form of carbohydrate stored in your liver and muscles for energy and during low intensity exercise, your body burns body fat, everyone suddenly changed their workout routines to intensity exercise to burn body fat.
Does this work? Obviously, it doesn’t work because there are still so many fat people out there training with low intensity exercises, right? Why is that so?
Well, the scientists were right when they said that our bodies burn more body fat during low intensity exercise like walking or a leisurely swim. But during high-intensity exercise like running, our bodies burn many more calories. Although some of the calories burned come from glycogen, we will also burn many fat calories.
To add icing to the cake, when your glycogen reserve is low, the carbohydrates from your meal that you eat later are converted to glycogen to replenish the reserve and will not be converted to body fat if not used for energy.
In addition, high-intensity cardio exercise boosts your metabolism even after your workout is over. This means that your body will continue to burn body fat hours after you leave the gym. This effect is almost non-existent in low intensity cardio or aerobic workouts. Cumulatively, your body burns many more calories during and after high-intensity cardio workouts than it does during less intense workouts.
You can add high-intensity exercise to your cardio training by introducing interval training. You can walk briskly for 5 minutes, then start running for another 5 minutes. Then walk briskly again until you catch your breath, then sprint for a minute before walking again for a minute. From this point, alternate between sprinting and walking, one minute each and do this for the next 15 minutes and you are done.
Do this for 5 days a week and before long you will be steadily losing unwanted body fat and weight in a healthy and natural way.