Well, exercises surely helps you to burn off body fats. The question here arises that which is more effective and burns more body fat. What is your fat burning area? When researchers first reported that during exercises, your body burns glycogen, which is a form of stored carbohydrates in your liver and muscles for energy and during low exercises, your body burn body fat, everyone suddenly change their workout routines to perform low intensity exercises to burn body fat.
Does it work? Of course it does work because there are still so many fat people around although they are working out with low intensity exercises isn’t it? Why is that so?
Well, the scientists were right when they said that our bodies burn more body fat during low intensity exercises like walking or a leisurely swim. But during a high intensity exercise like running, our bodies burn a lot more calories. Even if some of the calories burnt are from glycogen, we will still burn many fat calories as well.
To add icing to the cake, when your store of glycogen is low, the carbs from your meal you eat later gets converted into glycogen to fill up the store and will not be converted to body fat when left unused for energy.
In addition, high intensity cardio exercises turn on your metabolism even after your exercise is done. This means that your body will continue to burn fat hours after you have left the gym. This effect is almost non existent in low intensity cardio workout. In terms, your body burns up many more calories during and after high intensity cardio exercises than lower intensive work out.
You can introduce high intensity exercises to your cardio workout by including some interval training. You can walk quickly for 5 minutes, then breaking into a jog for another 5 minutes. Then walking briskly again until you caught your breath and then sprint for a minute before walking again for another minute. From this point, alternate it between a sprint and a walk, a minute each and do this for the next 15-20 minutes and you are done.
Do this for 5 days a week and before including long schedule, you will be steadily losing unwanted body fat and weight healthily and naturally.