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Need Help Losing Weight?- Scientific Research Uncovers Fat-Burning Discovery

Updated on September 22, 2012

Based On Science, Not On Myth

Science doesn't lie. Correctly performed research can lead to breakthrough discoveries, in any field. One particular discovery has been shown to be applicable to the fitness industry. Now, this is not a tremendously new discovery, but it has not yet been brought to public attention, at least on a large scale. This is the real deal, and could be the difference maker in your own quest for a better body.

The Facts

I won't waste your time; let's get right to it. This discovery has been around for awhile, but only recently was it linked to weight loss and fitness. It's called the respiratory quotient. Basically, the respiratory quotient involves comparing the amount of oxygen inhaled versus the amount of carbon dioxide released by an organism. What does this have to do with you losing weight? Well, as it turns out, scientists can measure metabolic activity by the amounts oxygen and carbon dioxide brought in and released from the body, because oxygen is required for cellular metabolism and carbon dioxide is the waste product of cellular respiration. By measuring these and other levels while performing various kinds of exercise, scientists can tell how much energy is being used and from what sources. Read on to learn how this affects you, and what you can do to redefine your fitness efforts.

What Does It Mean?

The respiratory quotient has not only revealed which types of exercise burn calories, but which types of energy are depleted through various kinds of exercise. Confused yet? Let's break it down. You consume calories from 3 primary sources: proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Energy from carbohydrates are used to perform a series of quick, explosive movements. This is because carbs are readily converted to glucose, and glucose is readily converted to energy. Energy from fat tends to be stored as fat. Proteins feed amino acids to muscle tissue, help maintain tissue integrity and rebuild torn or damaged tissues. Let's talk about carbs first. When you perform a quick, explosive movement, at first you will use energy stored in the muscles, called glycogen. Then after several repetitions, you'll begin to use energy from the carbohydrates you've recently eaten. This is the main reason a high carb high diet makes it hard burn fat- you can't ever get down to the fat storage because your body is still trying to use the energy from the carbs you've eaten. Energy from fat is burned over longer periods of time. Why? 2 reasons; 1- the body doesn't start burning fat until energy from carbs has been mostly used up, and 2- it takes the body longer to convert fat into ATP (energy).

So What Do I Do?

Here's the deal. A well-balanced diet that avoids both self-starvation and over-eating, includes complex carbs, proteins and fats. Your exercise should also be well-balanced. Consistant resistance and interval training will utilize energy from carbs and keep from storing fat, while slower, 20 to 30 minute cardio sessions will help deplete fat stores.

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