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Fat Oxidation and Infrared Training

Fat slows you down! If you want to be a lean, mean productive machine, then you need to lose the fat. Of course, this is not a new revelation. You need to burn off the fat to improve your health and to energize your mind and body.

So, how does fat burning work? The main constituent of body fat is triglycerides (excess calories from over eating are stored as this type of fat) and they must be burned up through oxidation. This can be accomplished with controlled caloric consumption and through training, especially infrared fitness training. Calorie burning during and immediately after infrared workouts can accelerate this fat burn process.

Through infrared exercise itself your body will burn fat. This happens because your muscles gain energy for exercise from processing fat and sugar that is supplied from your blood. Exposure to infrared radiation and intense exercise heats up the body. This creates an oxygen deficit. Your body burns calories and oxidizes fat for fuel during and after these workouts in a complex chemical process that leads to the excretion of most of the excess fat through your lungs. Hot exercise can increase your metabolism to accelerate this oxidation process. In general, for every 1.8 degrees of core body temperature increase, the metabolism rate increases by over 10%.

I devoted several pages in my book, HOT EXERCISE, to the topic of fat burning. You can grab a copy on Amazon or at any HOTWORX studio. Below is an excerpt:

Unlike working out in a traditional air-conditioned studio or gym, infrared energy and heat penetrate the skin by 1.5 inches and so, as described above, can accelerate the fat-burning process. Fat breaks down and becomes water-soluble particles at approximately 100.5°F. When fats are broken down into particles, they are more easily flushed by exercise postures, forcing them out of the body through bodily functions, including infrared-induced sweating and through the liver, kidneys, bowels, and lungs.
Infrared exposure, therefore, causes your metabolism to speed up as the waves of energy interact with the cells in your body. This is important, considering that impaired metabolism is associated with obesity. Low-level inflammation is also a contributor to obesity. Compare this fat-burn effect to the melting of candle wax. In the candle-making process, the wax must be heated to its melting point, which is in the 115–120°F range for most types of wax. Fat breaks down as well when your body is heated.

The American Heart Association recommends doing a minimum of 30 minutes of aerobic exercise daily.(1) Studies have shown that exercising with the level of frequency as recommended by the AHA can lead to a significant reduction in levels of blood triglycerides.

The bottom line is this. You can burn more fat through infrared exercise!

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Stephen P. Smith, MA
CEO and Creator of HOTWORX, Author, Former National Collegiate Bodybuilding Champion and Arena Football Player, Certified Professional Trainer


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