Righto, following up a post I made a while ago I joined a gym (yay).
Now the thing is, on most of the cardio equipment there are the heart rate ranges consisting of 'weight loss range' at around 70% max heart rate and 'cardio something range" at about 90% max heart rate. Add to this I remember reading or being told about the best way to exercise to lose weight was something along the lines of moderate but constant for more than 10 minutes. I even remember someone saying something about being still be able to breathe through your nose but not sing. Basically staying firmly in the aerobic zone.
So...anyway. I tend to like interval training more than just something constant...constant is boring. This way I would probably be burning more total calories, but going in the anaerobic zone more often. Plus I would be getting more cardio fitness training.
So, further towards the point. As far as I understand it...a calorie is a calorie right? So that would mean that if I burn more calories during the work out as interval training, I may not be directly burning off fat at the time, because that would be a bit slow for the body. But the fat would be used in recovery hours after as the body would use the energy stored in fat to replace stores used when training as well as general body housekeeping. And because more calories are used overall, more fat is also used overall.
This would be opposed to a lower intensity work out where less total calories are burnt, but the body is using fat as the source at the time.
So...finally to the question. Is my reasoning here correct? The only reason I can think of not doing the more intense training is if I start using protein or muscle as an energy source, which I hear isn't good. And of course it's increasing the chances of me overdoing it injuring myself, but I doubt that will happen.
Thanks in advance.