As a San Diego Personal Trainer and Medical Exercise Specialist with 18 years of expertise in dynamic weight loss for the morbidly obese, I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt; You will NEVER lose weight just by motoring through a 30- to 60 minute session of low to moderate cardio intensity. This cardio method is known as steady state cardio.
In order to induce super lipolysis or fat expression from fat cells you need high levels of norepinephrine or adrenaline to chemically promote a fat burning effect. Just because your dripping in sweat doesn’t mean your sweating off the fat pounds.
Lypolysis will actually drain fat cells of fatty acids and glycerin. The end result is desiccation of a once hyperplastic fat cell.
In order to ignite the adrenals to produce norepinephrine to acceptable fat loss levels you need to amp up your heart rate to at least 80% of your heart rate maximum. This is optimally done with Interval training and HIIT. This is where an exceptional personal trainer comes in. A great trainer can produce a safe and effective program to make fat loss a reality. In most cases mere mortals cannot push themselves to the brink of physical exhaustion, without going over the edge and getting nauseated and or injured.
It is important that you properly calculate your heart rate thresholds according to your age , gender, if you have a specific health conditions and or if your on any heart rhythm altering medicines. Sure you can use the standard Karvonen formula to determine this magic number, but I wouldn’t recommend it. In many cases it is grossly incorrect and one shoe doesn’t fit all.
What I can promise you, is if you’re in the gym, comfortable looking around or perhaps chatting up people while you’re doing your cardio, you’re not doing a damn thing for fat burning or weight loss. Stay tuned for my next post where I give a more detailed program for cardio weight loss. It is important to remember that weight loss needs to approached in a methodical scientific approach. It is a system which requires 100% mental focus and execution.
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