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Why does your workout need to be much shorter and less intense than a man’s workout in order to burn fat optimally?

Last Updated: Apr 25, 2014 02:38PM UTC

Research shows that the fat burning hormones in a woman’s body respond better to shorter bouts of exercise at a medium intensity whereas men seem to function better going 100% all out or very, very low intensity.

So when it comes to working out, a man’s body responds favorably at the extremes of very high or very low intensity whereas your female body responds better to shorter workouts of moderate intensity. Moderate intensity can be determined as hitting your ‘cardio’ heart rate zone of approximately 60-80% of your maximum heart rate.

A simple calculation of your maximum heart rate is 220 - Age. For example the maximum target heart rate for a 40 year old woman would be 220 - 40 = 180…from there the heart rate range that works best for fat burning would be right around 70% of this maximum which would be 180 x 70% which comes out to a heart rate of 126. As long as you’re somewhere close to this heart rate you can assume that you’re at or close to your maximum fat burning capacity. In this range your fat burning hormones will be at their peak.

The Venus Factor workout program is designed to keep your body in this moderate intensity zone for the duration of each workout.

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