Fat Burning vs Weight Loss

Fat burning has no effect on weight loss.  It doesn’t matter what your calories are made of but how many of them you burn.  The number of calories you burn depends on many things, one of them being how heavy you already are.

The fact remains you burn more calories during anaerobic exercise but less fat.  More calories are always burned the longer and harder you exercise.  Length and intensity effect fat calories and carb calories burned.  And, how much exercise you need depends on your goal.

The typical doctor recommends that all healthy adults accumulate 30 minutes of active fitness on most, if not all, days of the week.  This recommendation does however reflect a cardio driven exercise rather than a lower calorie burning moves like strength work or stretching.  Cardio brings the shredding; strength work develops the muscle structure.

The main question is whether you’ll actually drop weight from this amount of exercise.  Realistically, some people can. Working little harder in that 30 minutes, you will burn more calories and that will have a greater effect on weight loss. If you have not been active before, then doing 30 minutes of low-intensity has a high potential for weight loss effects as well as fat burning.

If you're trying to lose weight and you have only 30 minutes to work out, you would burn fewer calories walking at a moderate pace compared to walking at a fast pace. Working out at higher intensities may cause you to burn a lower percentage of fat, but since you burn more total calories, you still use more fat calories.  All in all, fat burning shouldn’t be at the top of your list but rather a side effect of your overall goals.

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