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SP info on exercise for more efficient weight loss

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

An interesting article in the "Ask the Experts" section has some specific recommendations about use of exercise for weight loss but not muscle loss(of special interest to me were the first and last paragraphs):

If you want to focus on losing fat, doing cardio AFTER strength training is not a bad idea. It does seem to increase the amount of fat burned during the workout itself—but just slightly.

The most important thing is just to make sure you do cardio, regardless of when. The strength training, when done correctly, will help preserve existing muscle mass. Maintaining an overall calorie deficit forces your body to use your body fat to replace the energy used up by both forms of exercise. Higher intensity and longer duration workouts (cardio and strength) will use more energy. Note: Neither form of exercise actually burns much fat during the exercise itself; it's the total amount of energy expended that determines how much fat you will burn.

Limit your high-intensity cardio to no more than 45-60 minutes per day. More than that can increase the rate of muscle loss. Adding extra low intensity activity like walking is usually okay.

Full article:

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  • WINNIEVIOLA
    It's important to balance caloric loss in exercise.
    3130 days ago
  • VETTRANGER
    Good info Jazze, thanks.
    3131 days ago
  • MAYTE1975
    Gracias por la info , yo intento hacer los dos tipos de ejercicios , pero no sabía que era mejor hacer cardio después de los ejercicios de fuerza. La pena es que yo salgo muy tarde de trabajar y no puedo salir a andar.
    De nuevo gracias por el artículo.
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    3132 days ago
  • BRAVERUDE
    Very good information - thanks for sharing!
    3132 days ago
  • CHELEMIA
    That was so informational thank you. It is funny but I am naturally doing that. 60 min aerobic and another hour or 2 of walking and daily life. Chasing dogs or children, shopping, moving and cleaning after the puppy. I count them but only half the amount under a 30 min walk due to lack of intense sweat.
    3132 days ago
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