Think you know the fat-burning zone? Think again.
By Su Reid-St. John
You'll find it on virtually every cardio machine at the gym: instructions on how to hit your fat-burning zone. You get to work out slower (exercise too hard and you can kiss the fat-burning zone goodbye) and blast off unwanted fat in the process.
Here's the reality: "Slow cardio will not burn more fat," says NASM Elite Trainer Audrey Quick. "At a slower pace, a greater percentage of calories burned will be from fat, but the total calories, and total fat calories, will be lower than exercise at a more intense pace."
Working out harder, then, is still your best bet. But that doesn't mean you have to spend your entire workout out of breath. "One easy way to increase the amount of fat you're burning is to add intervals," says Sharecare fitness expert Wendy Batts. "Simply vary the speed of your favorite cardio by alternating 2 minutes at a moderate pace with 2 minutes at a faster pace." (If you're a beginner, do 30Read More »from The Truth About Fat Burning