So, the question many people trying to lose fat is how much exercise they need to be doing to optimize their fat loss…obviously, that is almost an impossible question to answer. Lets face it, losing weight and losing fat is a whole different ball game. You may lose fat and gain weight if you put on muscle. Or, you may gain fat but lose weight if you lose weight. You see the dilemma…
The fact is, there is no perfect exercise timing that will help you lose fat. You don’t have to get your heart rate to a certain percentage of your maximal heart rate or even focus on anything like that. In fact, as long as you give your best effort in the gym, no matter what you are doing (strength training, cardio, yoga, dance classes, etc.), you are exercising the right way to burn fat. Now, instead of focusing on your exercise, you really have to look at your diet.
The number one thing people make mistakes about is what kind of food to avoid. So many people think that you have to avoid fat to lose fat. In fact, you want to be avoiding carbohydrates, especially simple carbs, if you want to lose weight. This is how it all works: Your body uses carbohydrates for energy. If you consume carbohydrates for your workout, it will use that for energy. Instead, you don’t want to use carbohydrates for energy, so you get your body to use the stored fat for energy. You do this by avoiding any carbohydrate intake before a workout.
Calories in vs. calories out is what you have to base your diet and exercise on. If you just can’t eat any less, you have to exercise more to burn more calories. Some of us can eat almost anything and be fine and there are others that have to eat a lot to feel okay. You have to adjust the amount you workout accordingly. Technically, you don’t even have to diet if you exercise enough that your calories out exceeds your calories in.
So, there it is, a myth busting post about how to work out for fat loss. If you just follow the basic principle of avoiding carbohydrates before a workout and making sure your calories out is larger than your calories in, you are on your way to losing that fat!