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The Best Fat-Burning Workout DVDs

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Inspired by a health related crisis, Connie Trowbridge decided to devote her life to becoming an authority in the health, wellness and fitness industry. She is a graduate from the largest nutrition school in the world and is a content manager for several health and fitness companies.
The Best Fat-Burning Workout DVDs
Fat-burning workouts should be intense. Photo Credit Milan Markovic/iStock/Getty Images

A key component in fat-blasting workout DVDs is intensity. Intensity is the key to having a successful routine that boosts your metabolism, burns calories and tones your body. If the workouts do not challenge you, your fat loss will not be as significant. If you are not encouraged to push past your comfort zone, you will not be challenged and your body will not grow and strengthen.

High-Intensity Interval Training

High-intensity interval training -- or HIIT -- is an advanced form of aerobics designed to strip body fat at a faster rate. When done correctly, HIIT will melt away fat and produce toned, lean muscle. HIIT is one of the more effective methods to blast through fat, because it increases both your aerobic and anaerobic endurance. According to Paula Bedo of the website Fries to Fit, "HIIT has been shown to burn adipose tissue more effectively than low-intensity exercise -- up to 50% more efficiently." Since HIIT speeds up your metabolism, it also helps you burn more calories throughout the day.

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Choosing the Right DVDs

Consider how much time you have to exercise. There is no point in buying a P90x DVD workout video if you do not have 90 minutes day to devote to the program. Start at your appropriate fitness level. Going from couch potato to high-intensity exercise will not only set you up for injuries, but it can be discouraging as well. If you're new to the world of fitness, focus on DVDs and workouts that start at a beginner's level and allow you to work your way up from there. If you're an advanced fitness buff or you're already an active individual, starting with a DVD that is targeted toward beginners will be a waste of your time and effort.

Fat-Blasting DVD Programs

A couple of examples of good fat-burning DVD programs are: "Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred" and "Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 (2011)." These DVDs by Michaels -- a fitness trainer who has worked with participants on the television program "The Biggest Loser" as well as other shows -- help you to build muscle and become leaner with 30-minute workout sessions. Another DVD, "TurboFire Greatest HIITs: 20 Minute High Intensity DVD Workout," employs the kind of HIIT training discussed previously, in short, 20-minute workouts. For a more moderately paced workout, try "Tracey Mallett's F.I.T. Functional Intensity Training." Indeed, Mallett, a dancer, choreographer and fitness trainer offers DVD workout programs for beginners to experts, including a variety of workouts from dance to "booty" building as well as abs and arm work. The key is to select the type of DVD program that fits your workout style.

Tips and Nutrition

It takes a caloric deficit of 3,500 calories to lose 1 pound of fat. If you're trying to obliterate fat, but you're consuming fast food three times a week, you won't meet your weight-loss goals. According to the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute, a safe weight-loss rate is 1 to 2 pounds per week. This means creating a daily deficit of 500 to 1,000 calories. A healthy diet will feed your muscles what they need to properly repair and burn the fat off your body. Eating the right kinds of food will allow you to burn fat and build muscle, instead of building muscle on top of fat.

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