Do you really need to run at a slow pace to lose weight?
There is a theory of the old ‘runners’ of the caverns which says that to lose weight it is much better to run at a slow and tedious pace (between low and moderate taking into account the possibilities of each one) than to do it at the top of pulsations and touching our limits. In this ‘post’ we will try to explain if it is a myth or if it is a reality, something that is grounded and that has some real component.
Unbalance the balance in favor of ‘expenses’
While we want to lose some weight while doing the one that we like the most and that stimulates our senses, which is nothing else to run, the equation is very simple: the energy balance must be unbalanced in favor of ‘expenses’ before ‘contributions’ and do it during a certain period. As the partners of ‘Runners.fr’ point out, there is a widespread thought that to lose weight, it is preferable to lengthen the training sessions and prioritize low intensity efforts.
Running at a slow pace (say to set an example to one in which we can have a conversation while running), the muscles mobilize their lipid stores more To renew your energy. On the other hand, when we raise our pulsations and maintain a higher rhythm, more sugars are added. The logical starting from this premise if we want to lose weight would be to divide our sessions.
Take into account what we burn at rest
Having said all this, it should be emphasized that not only must we take into account the energies burned during the effort, but that we must take into account all that is also spent after the exercise, during recovery. The body also works once we finish the training, since it must repair the damaged muscle fibers during the effort and restore energy.
In this way, most devices or even the treadmill mechanism that we use in the gym disparages the total cost of energy we spend, since it usually obviates all the “post-workout” burning, which is not small. Some scientific studies even point to the metabolism sometimes increases the amount of energy during training to everything we lose at rest. Curious, without a doubt.
The series also serve to lose weight
It should be noted that divided or divided sessions have two advantages (of weight) over resistance. To get started, increase energy expenditure during the post-training period which we have talked about before (we burn more energy at rest for example after a series than after a long run).
And even if the duration of the trot compensates for the intensity of the session divided in terms of calories burned. Intense sessions are really more stressful for the body, which requires spending more energy to recover.
The second key point is that if fractional sessions (intense and intermittent efforts) promote the degradation of sugars, quite the opposite occurs during recovery. By using many sugar stores during the session at a steady pace, in recovery the body is forced to save during recovery to increase its stock.
We disassemble the myth
In other words, if quiet sessions can burn more fat during exercise, intense sessions are at least as interesting to lose weight because they lead to greater mobilization of fat reserves for long hours after the session.
Thus, we totally disassemble the myth that running at low intensity favors weight loss and we urge you to spend more and run as we please and at high intensity if we meet with enough energy and strength.