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jessca 02-04-2008 11:02 AM

fast HR
Hey guys,

I have a realllly fast heart rate, went to the doc and he said it was fine, just fast. My sis had SVT and my mom's side of the fam has always had fast HRs. BUT my question is what should I work at keeping my heart rate at for fatloss? When I do cardio my heart rate can range from 160-180. Should I work to slow it down to a fatloss zone or just keep it how it is?


hrdgain81 02-04-2008 01:10 PM

I am not 100% on this, but in terms of mathmatics it doesnt make sense to "try and slow your heart rate" for fatloss. When your doing cardio for fatloss your working to increase your energy output, by doing so your air intake increases, your heart rate increases, your body works harder, and you burn more calories then you normally would.

It would stand to reason that if your heart rate isnt significantly increasing, niether will your calorie expenditure, and inturn less fatloss. That being said, there are a lot of other factors that go into fatloss. That and the "fat burning zone" you see on most elipticals and tredmills is bullshit.

jessca 02-04-2008 05:30 PM

lol kk cuz the bullshit fatloss zone on the elliptical at my gym is what prompted my question!
haha thanks!

hrdgain81 02-05-2008 07:20 AM

hahah I kinda figured that jess, everyone is different so its hard to pin point what the "fat burning zone" actually is. Also keep in mind that heart rate isnt the only significant factor for fatloss. You also have to take into account the effect cardio has on metabolism post workout ... it may be even more significant then how many cals you burn durring cardio, depending on the type.

EricT 02-05-2008 10:02 AM

Jessica, I'm just wondering if they did more than listen you your heart. Did they do any other tests on it. And they cleared you for this? Sometimes this stuff means that your heart can't "relax" between beats. Which means it can't fully pump the blood by getting a full contraction. Just imagine your muscles having to work against something in a state of constant can see that you would never be working with full force. They didn't say anything about that? I had "tachycardia" before I went in the Air Force so they were worred about things like that. But my regular doctor cleared me saying it was "just fast and always had been". Truthfully, I don't think he did enought to determine if there was a realy problem, but I don't know. Anyway, it's since gone away and as far as I know has never come back.

At the time...I used buttermilk to slow it down for my re-examine by the MEPS. It worked wonders :biglaugh:

FlyUSMC 02-05-2008 08:43 PM

MEPS... :smashfreakB:

iron_worker 02-06-2008 07:06 AM

Well after being sure your heart is ok for cardio I just thought I would mention that your base heart rate will decrease as you get in better and better shape as it will become more efficient.

jessca 02-08-2008 06:05 PM


Originally Posted by Eric3237 (Post 47948)

At the time...I used buttermilk to slow it down for my re-examine by the MEPS. It worked wonders :biglaugh:

how does buttermilk slow your hr? i've never heard of that, it's pretty cool tho!

MEPS :06: i have no idea what that is, lol i really don't know anything when it comes to military... sorry!!!

EricT 02-08-2008 06:09 PM

I'm not sure how it works. My cousin told me to do it..she was a nurse (is a nurse). So I figured what the heck and it actually worked. Maybe it was a placebo effect :biglaugh:

MEPS = military entrance processiong station, or something like that. It's kind of like the place the cows are right before they lead them to slaughter :D

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