How do I exercise to lose body fat?
Any form of exercise is better than none at all for losing body fat and to benefit from the positive changes mentioned above. Any exercise which requires you to use your muscles will cause your body to burn fat after the exercise is over – during the “recovery phase” when your body is rebuilding and recovering. To burn fat during exercise, however, certain conditions must be met. Your body has different energy “pathways” which burn either fat or sugar during exercise as the primary fuel. Following the simple guidelines below will ensure that your body burns fat during, as well as after, exercise:
• Type of activity. The best exercises for burning fat are those which can be done continuously and involve the most muscle groups (especially the large muscles of the hips and legs). The more muscles used, the more fat you will burn. Exercises which involve movement for brief spurts followed by rest (even through they may be strenuous), use sugar – not fat – as their primary fuel source.
Cross country skiing
Cycling (stationary or outdoors)