We’re often told, most of us since our high school P.E. class, that a 25 minute workout is all we need to burn fat, but don’t think that you can get away with a low level workout to accomplish such a task. If you’re going to target only the Adipose fat, which is that fat we all want to get rid of, you’re going to be using way more sources of energy than just the fat you’re looking to burn and it can leave you feeling depleted.
Adipose fat is the tissue below the skin around the internal organs, stored beneath the subcutaneous fat layer, which gives us energy-the same fat that makes us nice and cushy. The body stores adipose fat for survival and uses it when energy is needed. Excess adipose fat is that fat that most of us are trying our hardest to shed. We don’t need all that fat for healthy body function, and that’s where the measurements for obesity come in.
One of the most effective ways to lose that adipose fat, without out depleting energy as well, is to sustain a perceived effort level in your aerobic workout that is between 5-6, on a scale from 1-10. So if 10 is the hardest you can push yourself, and 1 is the lowest you can push yourself, find yourself somewhere in between. Keep this consistency for up to 1 hour 3-4 times weekly. Doing such a workout targets just adipose fat, but does not stress the body so much as to use up other energy resources, leaving you still feeling like you have fuel to accomplish all your daily tasks without interruption. You’re sure to notice results within the week-up to 2 lbs. every week, in fact. Don't forget one of the most important elements of your workout...the warm up and stretch!
In between these fat burning workouts, build up your muscles to help facilitate burning more body fat and keeping those pounds off.
Bear in mind, there is going to be a point where you will have to change what type of aerobic workout you’re doing to sustain weight loss-oh the plateau. That’s when the Circuit workout comes into play, and I’ll be sharing more on Circuits this week so check back.
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