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This post is mainly for the person who is extremely busy and doesn’t like wasting time.
In order to give you this advice, I first need to go over some minor background on how the body burns fat. In my book and previous posts, I’ve talked about pulse rate, as it relates to energy production. To burn fat, you need a low pulse rate, between 125 and 129. When you go over that, your body starts burning more sugar and less fat. It’s just the way the metabolism is designed. In addition, when you do resistance-type exercise like weight training, basketball, soccer, or football, you also burn more sugar than fat. So the key to burning fat is to slow pulse rate—either by walking, slight jogging, mild biking, treadmill, or some types of stationary bike.
Now, let’s take it one step further.
When you begin exercising, you will initially start burning sugar, and then within 20 to 30 minutes, if you keep your pulse rate slow enough, you will START burning fat. SO, EVERY DAY WHEN YOU BEGIN TO EXERCISE, IT TAKES 20 to 30 MINUTES BEFORE YOU BURN EVEN ONE DROP OF FAT. It’s kind of a waste of time if you add these up through the week.
Let’s say you exercised for one hour for the next six days. Divide six hours in half and you get three. This means that you wasted three hours of no fat burning and only received three hours of fat burning. Not very efficient!
But let’s say you exercised for only two days of the week for two hours each day. Take four hours minus one hour of sugar burning, and that’s three full hours of fat burning—you basically saved yourself two hours of the week. You start to add these up and it’s no wonder why you have difficulty squeezing in exercise, especially when you see little results. By making this one change, you could save eight hours of wasted time per month.
And can you imagine the poor person who exercises for only 40 minutes, six days per week? How much fat burning are they really getting?
Only one hour!