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It's that time of year again when I am slimming down (reduce body fat %) to show off my hard work. I'm looking for an effective way to increase my calorie burning during a routine. I picked up a 40lbs weight vest for christmas and I wanted to know if adding the vest will help increase the rate at which calories are burned during walking/running, cardio, etc.

My question is, will adding the weight vest to my routine aid in reducing overall body fat % in a way that is worth while?

Edited to rephrase my question

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I'll bet the trainer told her to stop wearing the vest while running in order to minimize joint damage. That's not necessarily a bad idea, but it doesn't have anything to do with effectiveness for fat loss. – Dave Liepmann Apr 2 '13 at 21:56
@DaveLiepmann That's a good point on that note. – DustinDavis Apr 2 '13 at 22:09
I don't think just walking around with a weight vest is enough to cause some major fat loss (eg. see this question on ankle weights). Weight vests are usually used to make bodyweight movements harder (eg. pull-ups, dips, any exercise where it's hard to decrease leverage). – VPeric Apr 3 '13 at 10:40
Don't you just want to look at tweaking diet? – Megasaur Apr 13 '13 at 6:30
@Megasaur my question is specific to using a weight vest to increase calorie usage during activities/workouts. Nothing to do with diets. – DustinDavis Apr 13 '13 at 19:19
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Yes using a weight vest will make you burn more calories while running. Much like a heavier person burns more calories than a lighter person doing the same movement at the same intensity so too using the weight vest will help you burn more calories. In essence the vest is making you a heavier person. this means you will have to work harder to do any activity that you normally do at your own body weight.

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Your calories per mile would certainly go up -- I know I burn more calories when hiking with a 40-pound overnight pack than with a two-pound belt pouch -- but do your calories per hour go up? With the aforementioned belt pouch, I cover about four miles per hour, but only around two per hour with the pack. – Mark Jun 27 at 23:07

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