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Increasing ones lean body mass ie: decreasing ones percentage body fat, is more complex than simple weight loss. Body fat does not just end up in your thighs, belly or face, it also builds up around all your organs and muscles. The leaner your muscle tissue becomes, the less stress it puts on the heart and joints. Muscles then do not need to work as hard to do their job and energy is spent more efficiently. It is important to realize that muscle weighs more than fat and has a higher Basal Metabolic Rate, therefore, as you continue to exercise you may not notice drastic changes on the scales but your body will be functioning more efficiently and will be healthier for it.
In order to decrease your percentage body fat it is important to find out your ‘Optimal Fat Burning Rate’ (OFBR). This will enable you to perform cardio training at your anaerobic threshold. This is the level of work that allows you to burn fat most efficiently during your workout. The OFBR can be calculated by your rehab care provider and the results from this test will tell you how long and how hard you can push yourself safely.