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Cardio Exercises FAQ - Fat Burning Workouts - MA, RI

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If you want to lose fat quickly, should I do as much cardio as possible?
Cardio Respiratory ExerciseActually, no. The amazing and often frustrating thing about the human body is it adapts.  If you start with a lot of cardio, you will lose fat.  However, once your body adapts to this amount of work and fat loss slowly you will have to do more.  The concern here is that you will need to eventually do so much cardio that fitting it into your lifestyle may be difficult.  There are other components of a cardio respiratory exercise program that can be manipulated other that time. For example the mode, frequency or intensity.
 
Which is best for burning fat – high-intensity cardio?
Losing fat is a matter of consuming fewer calories that those that are expended.  So, whatever allows one to burn more calories is preferable.  Performing cardio at a higher intensity (based upon abilities) you allow one to burn more calories in less time.  Additionally, high-intensity cardio respiratory exercise has been shown to increase metabolic rate for a longer period post exercise that lower intensity cardio.

I read that doing cardio first ting in the morning on an empty stomach is the best way to lose fat.  What do you think?
Well, it is a way, but not necessarily the best way.  When you awaken, your body is in a fasting metabolic state and burning fewer calories per unit of time than usual.  Consuming some food will perk your metabolic rate up (hence, the term “breakfast” – breaking the fast).  Additionally, glycogen stores are depleted by as much as 80%.   This will affect your ability to work out at a high intensity and may cause weakness and dizziness and lead to early fatigue.

I take a 20-minute ab class several times a week but I don’t seem to be making my midsection more defined. What’s wrong?
Although doing ab classes increase the amount of calories you burn in a day, where fat comes from and when is beyond our control.  To lose body fat that covers your abdominal muscles, you must be in a calorie deficit.  Performing cardio respiratory exercise will increase the amount of calories burned and will tap into the body’s fat stores to provide the missing calories.  Ultimately, fat stores in the abdominal region can and will contribute to this.  Depending on your life style and genetic factors, this may happen sooner or later.

Which piece of cardio is the best for burning fat?
All are effective for increasing caloric expenditure and aiding in fat loss.  The intensity at which you perform the exercise is a better aspect to focus on.  Performing aerobic exercise at higher intensity will allow you to burn more calories per unit of time that if the exercise were performed at a lower intensity.

The display on the cardio machine I use says I burn a lot of calories ... Is it right?
Most likely not.  There are many factors that influence the number of calories that one expends during exercise, such as muscle mass, current physical condition and even genetic factors.  The number displayed on the equipment tends to be optimistic.

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