Sunday, May 18, 2008

Fat Burning Exercises Are the Key to Looking Toned

Although most people talk a lot about losing weight, what they really mean is that they want to lose fat, right? I've never heard anyone say they want to lose the lean muscle they have on their body. That means that the key to looking toned is to burn off fat without losing the muscle. In order to accomplish this you should focus your fat loss efforts on doing fat burning exercises while eating the right foods that provide energy to your muscles while still allowing you to lose fat. Here are some tips on the types of fat burning exercises that will give you the best results and give you a sleek, toned physique.

When you start looking for fat burning exercises you are going to run across a lot of people who say doing cardio is the answer to fat loss. I won't argue that cardio exercises are a great way to burn a lot of calories. However, to burn fat more quickly you should focus your workout efforts on strength training and adding lean muscle mass to your body. Let me explain why.

Our metabolisms run faster or slower based on the amount of muscle that we have in our bodies. The more muscle you have the faster your metabolism is going to run. That means that not only will losing fat be easier if you have more muscle, but it will also be easier to keep the fat off for good.

Focusing solely on cardio exercises will get the job done over time, however, you will see faster fat loss results if you focus your main efforts on strength training than cardio, although ideally you will do both for the fastest results. A lot of women get turned off by the idea of building muscle because they are afraid that they are going to bulk up and get bigger. In fact, though, that won't happen unless you want it to since it takes a lot of effort for women to build large muscles. Instead, what will happen is that when a woman adds lean muscle to her body the fat will melt away and her body will become sleek and toned.

To make the most of your workouts start with your strength training before you do your cardio. Try focusing your workouts on the large muscle groups in your body like your legs and glutes by doing lunges and squats since these larger muscles will boost your metabolism the fastest. Follow your strength training with some cardio and before you know it your body will be looking great.

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