ANATOMY OF A CALORIE
The scientific definition: 1 calorie (the kind we measure in food, a.k.a. a large calorie) is the amount of energy it would take to raise the temperature of 1kg of water by 1degree Celsius.
Almost everything you consume has a calorie count, or the amount of energy stored in its chemical bonds. That energy is released in digestion and stored as other molecules like glucose or fat, so your body can grab it for fuel when needed.
3 Tricks to Burn More Calories
1. Switch Up Your Workouts.
Your body quickly becomes efficient at exercise, so your heart rate and oxygen consumption levels are lower and you burn fewer calories. To shake things up, increase your intensity by doing intervals or using different types of exerises or equipment to train different muscle groups.
2. Hit The Weights
To burn a pound of fat, you theoretically have to burn 3,500 unreplaced calories. But when you increase your lean muscle mass, you'll also boost your resting metabolic rate, so your body naturally burns more calories at rest. Replace 41/2 pounds of body fat with muscle and you'll boost your resting metabolism by 17 calories a day.
3. Don't Be Fooled By Machines
If cardio machine says you've burned 300 calories, in reality it's more likely less than that. You're still burning alories at rest, so the net amount is only a percentage of what you'd have burned anyway. Mot machines also don't calculate in individual physique types or calorie efficiency.
If you want to know how many calories you're burning in a workout, pay attention to your breathing. The same way fire needs oxygen to burn, your body needs oxygen to burn calories. If you're breathless and are challenged to say your alphabets you're in a high calorie burn zone.
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