So you walk into your local bank, take out a loan, then you start paying the bank back, plus interest. This is the idea I want you to keep in mind here. It is the real way to burn your body fat off. Now, when it comes to the body, what is the "bank" you ask. Well that would be the Muscle Glycogen stores, your muscles stores of blood sugar. That is the bank. How this works is, you must "Take a loan from this Bank", by using up the Glycogen stored in the muscle you create a debt to the muscles, in order to pay this back your body increases the rate it breaks down stored fat in order to "Pay back" the "Bank Loan", PLUS INTEREST for the next time you "take out a loan". this happens through out the next 24 hours roughly in a concept known as "EPOC" or "Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption", this is the "After burn" it occurs after High Intensity Interval Training and Strength training/ lifting weights. It is an accelerated rate of fat oxidation to repay the "Loan" from the "Bank". Most people think that the best way to burn fat is to do long slow continuous cardio, but what this really does is make our body think "hmm, we use a lot of fat during this exercise so we should stock up", so it can take those carbs and replenish the fat stores. Sure, you may burn more calories DURING the activity in the longer cardio, but the high intensity workout keeps burning calories ALL day AFTER the workout, those add up, and the Bank that gets paid back is different. I hope this gives you a good Idea of how fat burning works in relation to different types of exercise, any questions please comment and I will answer ! thanks ! STAY STRONG, STAY HUNGRY !


Lets start by establishing the fact that a Carb in the body turns into "Glucose", anyone who is diabetic or knows someone who is, knows what this is or have heard the "lingo" before. Glucose is a fast burning fuel used by your body to fuel your muscles in Emergencies and for short, intense periods of time, your brain needs glucose to function ( it can use another fuel but thats for another article ) however it is burnt up very quickly, the Carbohydrate has 4 calories per gram. So if you eat 10 grams, then you ate 40 calories from carbohydrates. Fat, or " Adipose Tissue" contains 9 calories per gram, 10g = 90 cal. it is a very slow burning, but very energetic fuel source, and lasts long, an average 150 pound person could walk from Miami to New York City, using only their stored fat, without ever taking a bite of food. It is a clean fuel, metabolically, also. However it takes going through all of our glucose before our body lets this precious fuel go to be burnt. Ok, now that we all know the basics about these fuel sources, lets put Fat Burning into the perspective of a campfire. The first campfire you try to start, all you have is a huge pile of Kindling and small twigs (fast burning carbs), now you take a little from the huge pile and put it in the fire ring or pit and throw some small twigs on, light it up, the kindling and twigs take off, burning hot and fast, so you go get more, then more, then more, essentially you have to sit there all night babysitting the fire or it would burn out. Now lets say instead you had a pile of larger logs, and a small bit of Kindling and Tender, you start the Kindling, and the fire takes off, you throw some sticks in, then when its going you toss on a couple decent size logs, sit back, have a cold brew.......uh..I mean WATER......and enjoy the warmth. The Large Logs are like Fat and the Small Kindling are like Carbs. Your Goal should be to use Fat for fuel as much as you possibly can, it will give you more energy and you will not feel as hungry or drained through out the day. I will discuss HOW to achieve this "perfect storm" of fat burning in articles to follow. Stay Strong ! Nick.

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