Should I be working out in the Fat Burning Zone?

Written by on August 16, 2010, for Shape Magazine

Virtually every piece of cardio equipment at the gym has a slow-paced “fat burning” program on the display panel that promises to help you stay “in the fat burning zone.” If you are trying to lose weight, cover it with a towel and ignore it. Workouts that focus on the fat burning zone are a relic of the persistent yet outdated belief that long, slow workouts are always better for weight loss than faster, shorter workouts. But you can file that along with other fitness myths you should ignore: The best fat burning workout plan is simply the one that burns the most calories.
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