Exercising to burn fat on the keto diet

To recap when one follows the keto diet way of life, then one is essentially reducing one’s intaking of carbs to a very low amount (less than 50 grams per day) and thereby reducing the inflammation that carbs causes inside the body. One also then consume a high intake of fat on the keto diet while the body burns fat through the creation of ketones.

We can further encourage weight loss by exercising to burn fat. There are in general 5 zones in which we train. Zone 1 ranges from 50% to 60% of one’s maximum heart rate, while zone 5 ranges between 90% and 100% of one’s maximum heart rate. Zones 1, 2 and 3 are considered aerobic and this is where we typically burn more fat while zones 4 and 5 are known as anaerobic and we typically burn more carbohydrates for energy / fuel.

Therefore, we should exercise in the lower heart rate zones to teach our bodies to burn fat so that we can go on for longer as our bodies have far more fat in storage than carbohydrates and burning fat leads to weight loss.

For more information on the amount of carbohydrates in our bodies, see my previous post http://blogsa.co.za/blog/2019/02/05/four-grams-of-glucose/