The Myth of the Fat Burning Zone

Better off not you

A question I often get is "When I'm doing cardio (steady-state aerobic training), where does the fuel come from?  Because I want to be in the Fat Burning Zone!"  Everybody wants to burn fat...and most of us realize that we don't want to 'compromise' muscle at the extent of losing weight.  Well let me first start off with ' a little education' (I know, BORING, but it will help to understand my stance). First, the respiratory quotient (RQ) is the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) expired divided by the amount of oxygen (O2) consumed, measured during rest or a steady state of exercise using a metabolic analyzer.  When measured the RQ calculated … [Read more...]

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