Originally Posted by Noob
It's better to have longer workout, as opposed to more intense ones to burn fat. The first 45 minutes you work out, your body is going to use mostly carbohydrates to fuel you. At about an hour, your body uses a significantly higher percentage of fat to keep you going. So all things being equal, longer workouts are better even if they're a little lower in intensity.
I actually disagree with this part. Intervals of very high intensity combined with intervals of lower intensity have been shown to burn more calories in less time. So even though you aren't burning fat directly, you burn a ton of muscle glycogen which your body then replaces by converting fat. The general estimate is that 15 minutes of Interval sprints will burn as much or more calories than 1 hour of jogging depending on intensities.
Check out the FAQ thread stickied in this forum. Read the 7 habits and follow them. Eat plenty of lean
protein because it is nearly a freebie, The amount of calories it takes your body to convert amino acids into glucose/fat is damn near the same as the calories in the protein.
Also eat as many veggies as you can, not only do these fill you up for very little calories the nutrients help your thyroids work properly which will help your weight loss tremendously.
For beverages drink NOTHING with calories in it except a whey protein shake post workout (to help maintain muscle mass). You would be amazed at how many calories some people drink in a day.