Fat burning zone and low intensity training
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|Mon, 11-11-2013 - 5:07pm|
This might get technical but there's an every day question based in this so hang with me, please? The whole idea of working at a lower intensity to burn fat was debunked as a myth. It's about calories. Or is it? I've read quite a few books about endurance athletes who have to work at lower intensities because they need to teach their bodies to burn fat as fuel and working too high, they won't, That makes sense, But, I was also told at Spinning/Mad Dogg Cert that you can't work too high for the same reason. The instructor talked about how she had her VO2 max test done and that she doesn't burn enough fat at lower level intensities so she needed to work there. She did, lost 15 lbs. This is the theory pushed by companies that market the equipment and one that my boss believes in. She's done it herself but also changed her diet (ding, ding).
So, the non -technical question is how to deal w/ this dichotomy. She pushes all clients to work at lower intensities. I can see it working if they go for longer. But, what I've read is that if you burn glucose during exercise, your body will refuel the glucose by burning fat. That makes sense. It was really tricky today because at the hospital, a client asked me that. The doctor told him it's all about calories. The nurse said it's about working at lower intensities. I don't want to disgree w/ what my boss said but it's a challenging line and I end up sounding ineffectual. Talking to my boss isn't going to work. She's one of those people who thinks she knows it.
And, the second part of it is, for those of you who follow this, what do you think? Is there an advantage to working in that zone?