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4 Important Factors for Weight Loss

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4 Important Factors for Weight Loss


Maximum heart rate
Maximum heart rate is a measure of your body's ability to use oxygen, and it equals the number of times your heart would beat in a minute if you were running as fast as you possibly could. While the most precise tests are done in a lab, a more feasible approach in determining this number involves an equation created by researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

To get an idea of your maximum heart rate, the researchers recommend the following formula: 208 - 0.7 x age = heart rate max. For example, a 35- year-old woman would have a maximum heart rate of 183.5. See Target Heart Rate (below) for ways to use this figure to determine your ideal exercise intensity for weight loss.

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