Intensity

Another myth is that a low intensity workout is better for fat burning than high intensity workout. Again it is true that low intensity workout utilizes more fat from the body, however, higher intensity workout uses more calories during the same period (it is simple math!) hence you burn more fat. For example, if a person who weighs 150 pounds walks 3.5 mph for one hour, she burns about 220 calories of body fat. If she jogs at the pace of 5 mph, she burns 270 calories of body fat at the same period. Sure, high intensity workout is harder, but if you like you can shorten the workout time and still burn the same amount of body fat.

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Of course not everyone can work out in high intensity mode from the beginning. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that weekly increases of usage of calories be around 1,500 – 2,000 kilo- calorie from a workout. This makes, depending on how often you workout, 300 – 500 kilo-calories per workout. For example, if you workout 3 times a week, you may want to work out for an hour at lower intensity, but if you workout 5 days a week you could cut that to 30 minutes per session at higher intensity.

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