Fat Burning Workouts for Women
Fat burning workouts for women have several important components to them. When these components are all put together they act in synergy and have maximum impact on fat-burning.
Fat Burning Workouts for Women - Main Components
The first component that is essential is doing some weightlifting. Yes, that's right! Most women still believe that spending hours per week on a treadmill is the key to burning fat. This is not the case.
Little emphasis is placed on weight lifting. It is weight training that will help you burn fat and tone your muscles. Don't worry you will not get "bulky" because women do not have testosterone which is the hormone prevalent in men and needed for building muscle. Women have minute traces of this hormone - certainly not enough to build muscle as easily as men.
Men have long enjoyed the benefits of weight training. It is widely known that muscle burns fat! Muscle uses fat as its primary source of energy (fat is essentially stored energy) and eats away at the fat. Thus, if you want to get rid of unwanted fat around your belly and thighs weight training is the way to go!
The second component is adjusting your diet. You cannot eat more calories than you burn off. It's as simple as that. You need to be at a deficiency.
Calculate your dialy calorie needs using this calorie calculator and make sure that the total number of calories you intake during one 24hour period is at least 300 to 500 calories LESS than the number value calculated by the calorie calculator.
To look-up the caloric value and nutritional information on different foods you can go to the USDA national food database.
The third component is cardio. Cardio alone will not help you burn fat as fast as weight training plus cardio together. When you are doing cardio you need to be aware of your heart rate fat burning zone. If you stay within the range of your optimal fat-burning heart rate zone you will speed up your fat loss efforts. The absolute best time to do cardio is in the morning as soon as you get up on an empty stomach. This forces your body to tap into the fat reserves and thus use them as energy. Of course, most people do not have the motivation to do cardio so early in the morning. Thus, the second best time is to do cardio after your workout at the gym. Remember that anything over 45 to 50 minutes of cardio is too much because studies have shown that once you are doing cardio more than 1 hour your body enters a "catabolic" phase which means it starts eating away at the muscle because it needs the most easily available source of energy it can get at that given moment. As we mentioned above - you don't want your body eating away at muscle, you want it to keep the muscle which will in turn eat away the fat!
Depending on how well you do with the nutritional component you can do cardio 3 to 4 times per week. In other words, if you think the nutritional component is your weakest link then you should do cardio 4 times a week (no more than 45 minutes within your heart rate fat burning zone). If you think nutrition is one of your strengths then you can do cardio 3 times per week.
Fat Burning Workouts for Women - Conclusions
Think of the above listed three components as wheels on a tricycle. If you take away one of the wheels you will severely impede progress.
However, if you focus on all three components and allow them to act together in synergy, results are inevitable. There is no secret formula and there is no perfect supplement that will "give" you the body you want.
If a perfect body came in a bottle everyone would have one. Fat burning workouts for women require proper exercise coupled with a balanced diet and regular cardio training.
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