Heart rate and weight loss

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  1. THT

    THT The easy way is always mined

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    How important is heart rate to weight loss/fat burn? I've seen the charts posted on the treadmills and usually, the "fat burn" heart rate is lower. Is it important?
     
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    I've read Fitness for Dummies and there was some info on this subject that made alot of sense to me.

    It's pretty clearly explained in the following link:
    http://exercise.about.com/cs/cardioworkouts/l/aa022601a.htm

    You pretty much get the answer to your question in the first paragraphs, up to and including the chart.
     
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    The short answer is that when your heart rate passes a certain threshold you start burning sugar rather than fat.

    Sugar = carbs = glycogen stores.

    This is why HIIT coupled with walking is great for fat loss.

    HIIT burns up all your glyucogen stores raising your metabolism for the rest of the day to burn fat.

    Walking just burns fat for the time that you're doing it.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    so if you were to do an hour worth of cardio a day, would it be best to do 20 min of hiit on say the stair climber, then 40 min of fat burn on the elliptical ?
     
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