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We love reading about all the fad workout routines when they come out. Every year there is something new. A new gimmick... something thing different that promises to work for you. We understand. When we started RARE CrossFit 10 years ago family, friends and many others said the same thing to Lee and me... "That CrossFit thing is just a new fad." Well, here we are 10 years later and we've changed 1,000's of people lives.

However, some new fitness things are just that... a fad. Maybe you are looking for something new... some new way to train... something that keeps your attention. That is all fine and well. Just be sure what you are doing is actually helping you reach your goals. Below is a great article from Washington Post about one of the latest fads.

Check it out.

"The fat-burning heart-rate zone is a myth: How exercise and weight loss really work"

If you’re the kind of exerciser who constantly checks your heart rate to ensure you’re in the fat-burning zone, you should stop. You’ll probably never meet your weight-loss goals that way. That’s because there’s no special fat-burning zone that’s key to getting lean. Here’s what you need to know about the myth and about the true relationship between exercise and weight loss.

A burning question

Yes, we know. If you look at the wall charts or cardio equipment in a gym or listen to many personal trainers, you’ll be indoctrinated about the “fat-burning zone.” The standard advice for getting in this zone is to workout at about 60 percent of your maximum heart rate. That level of exertion is relatively low intensity; most people can talk in complete sentences while exercising at it. Working in this zone, it’s said, will burn more fat and result in greater long-term weight loss, compared with doing the same exercise at higher intensities.

There’s substance to part of this claim. Your body primarily fuels itself by burning a mix of stored fat and carbohydrates. The less active you are at a given moment, the greater the percentage of that fuel mix comes from fat. As your intensity of activity increases, the percentage of carbohydrates in that fuel mix also increases. At rest, fat constitutes as much as 85 percent of calories burned. That figure shifts to about 70 percent at an easy walking pace. If you transition to a moderate-effort run, the mix becomes about 50 percent fat and 50 percent carbohydrates, and it moves increasingly toward carbohydrates the faster you go.

So, it’s true that at some workout intensities, you’re burning a higher percentage of fat than at other intensities. But that doesn’t mean this biological process is the key to losing weight from exercise. Experts explain that those who believe in a lard-melting zone simply aren’t seeing the forest — i.e., what it really takes to lose weight — for the fat-burning trees. They’re forgetting about calories.

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Article Written By: Scott Douglas

December 18, 2018



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