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Does A Low Active Heart Rate Help You Lose Weight?
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Does A Low Active Heart Rate Help You Lose Weight?

Heart rate has been a major topic in and around gyms forever. First there was the theory that you could not burn fat if you did not push your body into the upper limits of your heart rate. Then the thinking changed to sticking to around sixty percent of your maximum heart rate. Others pushed the lower active heart rate as the only key to losing weight. Exercise in general should be greatly encouraged but you should also be looking for the type that is going to be the most achievable and give you the desired results. That might mean pushing back to the higher intensities.

All exercise will burn calories but certain exercises will burn higher rates. In addition, once you get to a certain rate of calorie burn, you are likely to be burning more than just calories- you will be burning fat calories. When the body burns calories it is typically carbohydrates that is burned first. The body has to burn off those calories before it can start burning the stored fat.

Everything that you eat is broken down into calories. The body uses some of those calories immediately as energy for activities and normal processes. Energy that is not consumed right away is stored away as fat. Fat can be burned later, however, the body will already have new supplies of calories coming in and those will need to be burned first. It is a complex and never ending cycle which is why losing weight can be so difficult.

For some people, staying in the lower heart rate is the key to safe exercising. Those people, including those with coronary issues and metabolic issues should follow doctor's advice about exercise including the heart rate they should be working in. The doctor might suggest staying in the forty to sixty percent heart rate for safety.

If you use a heart rate monitor, you can program it for the heart rate that you plan to workout in. When you dip below the targeted rate an alarm will prompt you to speed up. The program will also let you know when your heart rate rises above the upper limit so that you can start slowing down.

People who are trying to build up endurance and stamina should stick to the lower ranges of active heart rate. But, people who are trying to lose weight will do so much faster if they are hitting the higher range of their maximum heart rate.


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