Heart Rate Zones & Caloric Burn Rates

One of the reasons why I am tyring to get back into shape is to drop some weight. I’ve been reading a book titled Precision Heart Rate Training, which suggests that when training at 50-60% of maximal heart rate the body is mostly burning fat to fuel the muscles. Yet, if I train in this relatively easy zone my heart rate monitor reports burning fewer calories. If I burn more calories while exercising doesn’t my body use fat to replace them during recovery? So if one of my ultimate goals is to lose weight and fat is it better to train easier and burn fat while working out or train harder and burn more calories?

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