Maintaining or losing weight are among the goals of cyclists in the winter season. Running, even if it is a completely different sport than cycling, is among the most effective method. The type of running workouts you do can play a role in the time it takes to lose weight. While there is no “best” running workout to lose weight, but you can maximize your weight loss potential by combining different types of training.
Burning Carbs vs. Burning Fat
When you exercise, the ratio of carbs and fat your body uses for fuel can change depending on the speed, duration, and intensity of the workout. Think of it in this way:
For high-intensity running, the body relies more on carbs simply because they’re a quicker source of energy. They provide your body with the burst of energy it needs when launching something like a sprint. It’s like putting a match to paper: it burns hotter and faster but then is quickly over.
For longer, lower-intensity runs, your body gradually shifts from carbs to fat. While fats may not be as immediate a fuel source, they are more sustainable. In this sense, burning fat is more like lighting a candle: it burns steadier and longer.
If your goal is to burn fat, it would seem reasonable to work out at a slower but steady pace, right? Not necessarily. While exercising at a lower intensity will allow you to burn a greater proportion of calories from fat, working out at a higher intensity means that you’re burning more calories overall.