Fat Burn

Author: Melissa Hart, CPT II, Fitness Instructor, Fitness Appraiser
I have so many new clients that come to me frustrated beyond belief because they are working so hard and not getting any results. Why, why, why, they ask. The answer is rather easy, but rather difficult to hear. You are working out too hard. The response is always the same; they look at me like I have three heads.
The biggest myth in the fitness industry is "No pain, no gain". This couldn't be further from the truth. Most people who hire personal trainers, or who buy gym memberships want to lose weight, gain energy, and build more self-esteem. Unfortunately, most of the time they are sold weight-training routines that cause so much pain they need help to get off the toilet. They are so fatigued that they can hardly walk out of the gym, let alone carry on with a normal day, and, when all you want to do is quit, you get down on yourself because YOU don't have what it takes to be "fit". Do we ever blame to gym or the personal trainer, no we blame ourselves, so read this article carefully, and start enjoying an active lifestyle that you can maintain and get results from.

The body burns two fuels for energy, fats and carbohydrates. Our body likes to burn carbs, they are quick and easy to break down, and the process doesn't take a great deal of effort. The problem with carbs is they run out quickly. We have all been on the treadmill and finally just can't go any further, the legs feel like lead, that burning pain starts to set in. This is carbohydrate depletion. This usually occurs within 20-40 minutes of moderate to high intensity workouts. Our other fuel source, fat, is much for efficient. We have enough fat stored in our bodies to burn for up to 112 hours straight. Unfortunately, the body doesn't like to burn fat, it is much slower, and takes up a great deal more energy. This is why we will only burn fats during low intensity workouts. For most, this is a fast wal
lk. As soon as you go much faster then that the body will convert over the carbohydrate burn for fuel.

There is a way to fix this. Just like learning to drive a car, we must train our bodies to burn fat. We do this with low intensity workouts for longer periods of time. While running on the treadmill for 20 minutes may burn 300 calories, these are carbohydrate calories, walking on the treadmill for 50 minutes may burn 300 calories, but these are mainly comprise of fat calories. As we continue with our low intensity training, our body starts to perfect the process of breaking down fat. When we get in that car for the first time, we may not have the mechanical process of the gas, break, clutch or gear shift, but the more we drive, the better we get. The same thing occurs in the body. The more often to body is forced to burn fat, the more efficient it will become at breaking it down. Eventually you will be able to walk faster, or even jog and continue to burn fat. Your work out will be easier to sustain, for longer periods of time.

Low intensity work out benefit in so many ways. Everyone can do, and everyone will stick with it because they can. You will lose weight because of the fat burning machine you have trained your body to become. You will become more aerobically fit, and notice a huge decrease in your resting, and active heart rate. You will now be able to ease into any other activity that may be of a higher intensity because you have trained your body properly for fitness. So many people jump into a new fitness program, and yet in every other aspect of life we are taught something first, before moving on to the bigger picture. We crawled before we walked, we learned out ABC's before we try to write, we have a few training shifts in the new job before we go out on our own. We must do the same thing for our body; prepare your body for higher intensity activities.