Why Something as Simple as Walking Can Change Everything

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Burning Fat While You Step

To burn fat while you walk, it is essential to walk fast enough to raise the heart rate into an optimal zone for burning fat for energy. You also walk to walk long enough so that you are burning stored fat and not just the sugars that the body saves for quick bursts of energy.

The fat-burning zone is reached when exercise causes the heart rate to be 60 to 70 percent of the maximum heart rate. At this intensity, approximately 85 percent of calories burned are fats, while 5 percent are proteins, and 10 percent are carbohydrates. Exercise can be even more critical after a weight loss. This helps prevent the individual from gaining the weight back and promotes a healthy lifestyle.