Is it true that if my heart rate is not in a ‘fat-burning zone’ that my body burns muscle?

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Is it true that you need to find the perfect balance of your heart rate during cardio, or else you will start to burn muscle instead of fat? – Daniel M.


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No. The use of MUSCLE for energy doesn’t really happen during exercise. What you are referring to is associated with a prolonged under consumption of calories over a period of days.  – Debbie J., MS, RD

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Debbie James is a registered dietitian. Any views or opinions presented in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the opinions or recommendations of Fitness International, LLC.

Posted on December 16, 2013, in Ask Our Dietitian, Health, Helpful, Nutrition, Weight Loss and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. is cardio better to burn calorie then weights?

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