Interval Training: Why the “Fat-Burning Zone” is a MYTH!
Many people seem to have the impression that in order to lose fat, they need to run long enough and fast enough to get in the “fat burning zone”.
I guess this is probably due to the fact that most treadmills have those green, yellow & red bars for how hard you’re working…but it’s just not true!
Yes, getting your blood flowing and working up a good sweat can burn a lot of calories quickly, and if you have a deficit of calories (on a consistent basis) and you’re still receiving proper nutrition, you WILL lose weight over time.
However, by utilizing “supersets” (i.e. short, high-intensity clusters with small breaks between), your body will respond with hormonal and metabolic power boosts! =)
When you run for a long time, and get in the habit of doing so at the same approximate speeds, your body responds by adapting to the speeds and intensity, which typically shows results at first.
But, after doing cardio routines for a few weeks, your results will plateau, and there is only so much room to work with when you have only 3 main variables: speed, incline & duration.