Fat burning goes into overdrive when your body's metabolic rate remains elevated for longer periods of time. The key to burning more bodyfat is to train your body to run at a faster metabolic rate. How can this be done? Simple. Incorporate more interval training (alternating between periods of high and low intensity) within your workout regime. Interval training enhances your metabolic rate due to excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). EPOC is the amount of oxygen debt your body experiences following intense exercise. The oxygen debt occurs to make up for the oxygen deficit during the initial period of your exercise bout when there is a delay between exercise and your body's physiological response to exercise. EPOC occurs to metabolize additional nutrients your body needs as well as to replenish energy and oxygen stores. EPOC increases when your exercise intensity increases. The increase in oxygen debt plus protein turnover (amino acid replenishment) causes an increase in your metabolism. The increase in your metabolism can last several days following an intense exercise session. This means your body can burn more calories while resting as a result of intense training. Think of your body as a machine. When the machine is placed under a greater workload, it "learns" to adapt to the increased stress. In addition, regular exercise enhances your body's efficiency of burning fat for energy while conserving glycogen (glycogen sparing) for fuel storage in your muscles. As a result, your body becomes more tuned, running at optimum efficiency and at a faster metabolic rate. The end result: your body becomes efficient at burning fat for energy while resting. How cool is that?
Brian Danley, CFT
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.