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The Real 'Fat Burn' Zone

from WISH-TV

You see the "Fat Burn Zone" as a setting on pieces of cardio equipment, but it doesn't mean what you think.

"It's a little misleading in that sense and I think it gives the public a little bit of a false sense of security about what they're doing," says Dr. Tony Kaleth, an exercise physiologist, professor, researcher and marathoner.

The "Fat Burn Zone" — as it's listed on cardio equipment — is simply a lower intensity range where your body burns the highest percentage of fat, but not the most calories of any exercise.

"It really takes the higher intensity exercise to burn more calories," says Kaleth. High intensity exercise takes you to maximum effort very quickly, for example, Crossfit with its explosive moves, or basketball with its sprints and physical drives. Running can also be high intensity when the pace is swift and difficult to sustain.

"There are numerous variations of programs that incorporate both strength and aerobic training into one workout–like Insanity or P90X," says Kaleth. "These programs typically involve alternating muscle group exercises with little rest between sets." more

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