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If you’re exercising to burn calories, then you’ll love the idea of continued fat-burning after a workout.
Let me introduce you to EPOC—Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption. This is the process that burns through extra calories as a result of your exercise session. Many people focus on the calories they burn during a workout, but your body continues to burn calories long after you leave the gym.
Regular readers will know there are plenty of reasons to love exercise. But if you’re looking to burn fat, then thinking about EPOC can keep you motivated during a session. The equation is simple: the harder you work out, the more energy your body needs to recover—and that means you’re burning more calories.
It’s easier to approach a workout when you know what you want to achieve, and a basic knowledge of your body lets you understand how best to reach your goals. Different training methods will give you different results. If you want to burn fat, then you need to tailor your workout in a different way than if you want to improve flexibility, for example.
Burn calories while sitting still?
If you want to benefit from EPOC fat-burning, then you need to put the effort in first. Even though all of us would love to blast through calories while sitting at our desks, I’m sorry to say that just isn’t going to happen. And one of the reasons you may not have heard of EPOC before is because only certain types of exercise trigger it.
Your body burns calories when it is recovering, and a hard and fast session will require more recovery than a softer, less intense workout. Recovery is the catch-all term for all the processes your body implements after a workout—such as replenishing energy supplies, sending new glycogen to your muscles, converting lactic acid back into pyruvic acid, etc. This internal process requires fuel, and your body’s preferred fuel choice is your stored excess fat.