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Hitting the Right MET to Lose Belly Fat

Am I working out in the right intensity zone?  One of the easiest methods for recording of the intensity of your physical activity is the Metabolic Equivalent Task (MET) method. 

The American Heart Association suggests at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise a week or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise to foster good health and lose belly fat.

 By increasing your activity level you can increase the number of calories you burn a day, this can help you burn the fat around your belly.

Calculating Workout Intensity

Metabolic Equivalents (METs) are commonly used to express the intensity of physical activities.

MET is the ratio of a person’s working metabolic rate relative to their resting metabolic rate. One MET is defined as the energy cost of sitting quietly and is equivalent to a caloric consumption of 1kcal/kg/hour.

It is estimated that compared with sitting quietly, a person’s caloric consumption is three to six times higher when being moderately active (3-6 METs) and more than six times higher when being vigorously active (>6 METs). Example: Jumping rope helps you burn tons of calories (Metabolic Equivalents: 10 METs | 525 Cal) with a touch of nostalgia.

Keep in Mind

Identifying Moderate exercise intensity

Moderate activity feels somewhat hard. Here are clues that your exercise intensity is at a moderate level:

Identifying Vigorous exercise intensity

Vigorous activity feels challenging. Here are clues that your exercise intensity is at a vigorous level:

Do Not Overexert

Beware of pushing yourself too hard too often. If you are short of breath, are in pain or can’t work out if you’d planned, your exercise intensity is probably higher than your fitness level allows.

Back off a bit and build intensity gradually.

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