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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Myth and what not

Not a few days ago, I found that my Rec buddy wrote this on her blog...
I love Rec Buddy for his commitment on research (not school related field). He takes this whole research thing religiously: performing experiments, analyzing results, gathering conclusion, and finally presenting it to whoever he thinks worth explaining to.
I don't know if I should be flattered or embarrased. Such a tattletale.

Anyway, she brought up one, uhm, maybe more interesting points regarding our quest to a healthier (and sexier) respective bodies :
...our latest frenzy about fat burning zone, which turns out is nothing but a myth taken from oversimplifying a scientific result on human physiology. All this time, Rec Buddy has been feeding me with his findings, until last night when I decided to do my own research.

Fat burning zone is defined as the heart rate region where you would burn more fat than carbohydrates, and thus, has been claimed as the ultimate tool for weight loss.

A low intensity exercise, associated with a lower heart rate, burnt more fat than carbohydrates. Lower heart rate means the heart could deliver more oxygen around. Since fat burning is an aerobic process, the higher oxygen to carbon dioxide ratio means there are more fat burnt compared to carbohydrate. At the opposite end, a high intensity exercise, associated with a higher heart rate, burns more carbohydrate than fat.

The catch is, for the same exercising period, a low intensity exercise produces lower total calories compared to the high intensity exercise. While the ratio of fat to carbohydrate burnt during low intensity exercise is higher then that of the high intensity exercise, the total fat burnt of the latter is larger than the that of the former.

Adding to the already complicated thing, heart rate is not necessarily a reliable measure of ratio of oxygen burnt and carbon dioxide produced during exercise.

What one needs to loose weight is a negative calory balance. Fat or carbohydrate burnt do not make a difference.
Ah, what can I say. I love her too for this. :p
Here is us on our way to resume yet another high intensity training.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Plateau oh Plateau

Mr. Venuto says
Eat five small meals a day
Burn that fat, feed the muscle

With a barbell of faith
I follow what he purports
A man to look at
3.4 % body fat

But why oh why
I hit the plateau a tad too soon
And still have a lot to unbound

Was it the heart rate?
Was it the things I ate?

Six pack where art thou?

Friday, September 01, 2006

The One Where I Change Routine


My royal blooded roommate, another friend and I have been regimenting ourselves in a quite ambitious exercise program. We call ourselves, The Gank, for a lack of better name. We've been running morning and evening for about a month now. Every other day, my roommate and I haul our arses off to the gym for some rigorous strength training.

The thing is, I haven't seen the effect of the running on my body (percent fat or otherwise). I believe a small part of it is probably due to my lack of organization on what health concious people call a proper diet (read: there can only be so many trips to IHOP ;) ). The whole other part of the pie is my lack of resting time (read: I've been working really hard on my software, or chatting ;) and most days only get four to five hours of nocturnal sleep, with no naps!).

So, starting this week, we switch our running routine to a 30-30-30 cardio on treadmill, elliptical and stationary bike (I love this biking thing), respectively, which is really a good thing for at least three reasons:
  1. The view, it is much better here at the spandex palace. :D
  2. The low impactness of the exercise, it is easier on the joints.
  3. The reward, don't you just love the digital display of the amount of calories burnt? I , myself, average 800 calories per session)

So, we'll see how this works out for the better. I've already got a good vibe going. Also I'm trying real hard to get myself on a stricter diet.

Later, foo.