How to Burn-Off Carbs

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Carbohydrates are your body's main source of energy. Unfortunately, excess carbohydrates, when taken in with excess calories, are readily stored as fat, contributing significantly to weight gain. Carbohydrates are readily burned, however. So you can get rid off any excess through a combination of dietary manipulation and exercise. This method also works for people who wish to burn carbs to enhance weight loss.

Things You'll Need

  • Weights
  • Exercise first thing in the morning, before you eat breakfast. The body burns carbs while you're sleeping. Exercising before you've eaten allows you to start with a greater carbohydrate deficit.

  • Do a 30 to 45 minute muscle depletion workout. Exercise each muscle to failure. You will know the muscle has failed when you are unable to continue the exercise. Use light to moderate weights and do a high number of repetitions. This exercise, also known as high volume continuous circuit resistance training, will burn the carbohydrates that are stored in your muscles.

  • Engage in 15 to 20 minutes of high-intensity interval training. High-intensity cardiovascular exercise burns a large percentage of carbohydrates, particularly the carbohydrates that are stored in your liver.

  • Limit the amount of carbohydrates you eat in each sitting to no more than 20 grams. Reducing the amount you take in, will encourage your body to burn its stored carbohydrates.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take in a small amount of fast-burning carbohydrates, such as from sports drinks, before working out if working out on an empty stomach makes you feel dizzy or faint.
  • Do not restrict carbohydrates for more than one day when doing a muscle depletion workout. Doing so may cause muscle tissue to break down.

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