What Is the Best Way to Burn Calories Fast?

By Heather Mayer

While there may not be a quick fix to permanent weight loss, it is possible to burn calories faster. Weight loss will happen when you burn more than you consume. There is a difference between burning a lot of calories and burning calories quickly, but some tricks of the trade can do both at the same time.

How Calories Are Burned

A calorie is a unit of energy, and food provides calories. If you eat more than your body needs, it's stored as fat. Burning calories merely means you're using the energy provided by food and beverages. The higher your heart rate is and the longer it's elevated means the more calories you can burn. Calories are burned in countless ways, from breathing, to chewing, from hiking to lifting weights.

Burn Calories Fast

If you don't have time in your schedule to work out at the gym for an hour and half, increasing your intensity will burn more calories quickly. To do this, you should be working out between 60 and 80 percent of your target heart rate.

If lifting weights, take a shorter rest (this will also help if you're pressed for time) between sets. The shorter time you allow your muscles to rest, the more calories they burn. This also works if you're doing a cardio workout with intervals; the shorter rest times, the more calories you burn in a short period of time.

Burn More Calories

Burning a lot of calories tends to go hand-in-hand with burning calories fast. This isn't the case, however, if you are walking or jogging slowly for a long period of time. It will burn a lot of calories, but it will take longer because it takes longer for your heart rate to get to the fat-burning level.

Weight lifting is another way to burn a lot of calories because not only are you burning them during a workout, you will continue to burn them once you are at rest. It takes more energy to maintain lean muscle than fat, which means the leaner your are, the faster your metabolism is.

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