Excess body fat is unnecessary and unsightly. In general, most individuals aspire to lose fat for a variety of reasons. The general population loses fat primarily for health reasons, while bodybuilders are concerned mainly with aesthetics. Losing fat remains one of the most worthwhile and often hardest things to do, but upon achieving weight loss there is no better feeling. The easiest way to lose fat is to focus on what has proven to have worked, while avoiding the senseless myths. Exercise done at a low intensity, such as walking, is better for fat burning than other high-intensity activities, like running or cardio activities where you push yourself very hard. In a strict scientific sense, these claims are true because working at a lower intensity requires less quick energy, and a higher percentage of fat is burned, a method widely used by bodybuilders. However, you’ll also burn fewer calories than you would if, for the same amount of time, you worked out at a harder intensity (running versus walking). Whether increased fat burning will result in actual weight loss is dependent upon several variables, including the total calories burned (which include both fat and carbohydrate calories) and the total fat calories burned. If you do work at a low intensity, you need to increase the time spent exercising to burn more calories. What matters most is the total number of calories burned. If you burned 250 calories every day from a short, fast jog, you’d see a bigger difference in weight and fat loss than if you walked everyday for the same amount of time. Working out at higher intensities may cause you to burn a lower percentage of fat, but since you burn more total calories, you still use more fat calories.