Anaerobic Exercise, EPOC, and Fat Loss

I was recently asked about the role of anaerobic metabolism in fat loss, and I figured that’s as good a topic as any to talk about.

For those unaware, your body has two basic ways of providing energy to your cells – one is oxygen-dependent, while the other can occur without oxygen. We know these are aerobic and anaerobic metabolism, respectively. We can further subdivide anaerobic metabolism into the phosphagen (alactic) pathway and the glycolytic (lactic-acid) pathway. Aerobic metabolism can occur both in oxygen-dependent or oxygen-independent modes; the latter tends to overlap with glycolytic metabolism.

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