What is the difference between burning fat and burning calories? Well, for starters, there are a few factors you need to consider.
To lose fat and tone your body long term you must adopt a healthy nutrition and training program. One common myth to debunk is that just because you are burning calories at the gym does not mean you are burning fat. A common main goal is to lose body fat, however sometimes it is not possible to lose body fat simply from burning calories. When exercising, the body’s preferred source of energy comes from burning carbohydrates in our system. When you continue to only burn carbohydrates in exercise and not fat, your body will most likely be decreasing your metabolism and losing water weight, not the fat weight you so badly want off. Remember, carbohydrates are your body’s preferred energy sources. When you burn off all of your body’s energy, your muscles are unable to receive the energy needed to indirectly burn fat at rest. You may also feel fatigued, irritable, sluggish and notice you are hitting plateaus.
Train Your Body to Burn Fat
So, how do we burn fat? Well, to burn fat the body will need Oxygen present and in the correct amounts. This is why checking your target heart rate is vital in reshaping your body. Performing cardio above or under your target heart rate may deter you from reaching your goals. If you have questions on how to determine your target heart rate, please visit the link below.
Implement Weight Training
There is no magic pill when it comes to losing fat, but any fitness professional will tell you their secret to a toned body is weight training. By implementing weight training into your fitness routine and increasing your calorie intake to replace your burned calories, your body will have the energy it needs to build muscle and increase it’s metabolism. Adding in a little (not excessive) cardio subsequently after weight training may assist in reaching your goals too. Weight training is an anaerobic activity that will cause you to burn more fat calories overtime over aerobic exercise (cardio). The calories that you are burning during weight training exercises are mostly calories from carbohydrates (meaning you must eat even more calories per day for energy); but the calories you burn at rest are mostly calories from fat. The reason you are burning fat at rest is because weight training increases your metabolism which uses your stored fat as energy as your body is forcing itself to repair and rebuild muscle while toning and slimming your body.