Cardio Workout For Fat Loss
Ever go to the gym and think, “Well I have a lot of fat to lose - better jump on the treadmill” or “ I ate way too many sweets this weekend – I better do CARDIO”.
Of course you have, we all have.
What you probably don’t know is that while you are slowly burning “some” calories, others are stripping twice as much fat off their bodies and in half the time!
Here Are The Facts:
- You can burn fat 2x FASTER and in HALF the time by incorporating High Intensity Training (HIT) into your exercise routine.
- Cardiovascular exercise (slow and at a steady pace) burns much fewer calories than HIT.
- Doing too much cardio is tough on your joints and ligaments.
- Too much cardio will result in burning muscle instead of fat.
Here Is The Science
When it comes to weight loss, it doesn’t matter what type of fuel (food) you use. What matters is how many calories you burn as opposed to how many calories you take in.
In order to lose fat you must have a negative energy expenditure. Simple!
Energy out > Energy in
The Basics of Burning Fat
Our energy comes from fat, carbs and protein. Which one our body utilizes depends on the kind of activity we are performing. Most people want to use fat for energy. Sounds legitimate as we assume the more fat we can use as fuel, the less fat we’ll have in our bodies. But using more fat doesn’t automatically lead to losing more fat.
Understanding the best way to burn fat starts with some basic facts on HOW your body gets its energy:
- The body primarily uses carbs and fats for fuel. A small amount of protein is used during exercise but protein is mainly used to repair the muscles after exercise.
- The ratio of these fuels will shift depending on the activity you are doing.
- Given the metabolic pathways available to break down carbs for energy are more efficient than the pathways available for fat breakdown, the body will rely more on carbs for fuel than fat during HIT. This is good.
- For long, slower exercise fat is used more for energy than carbs.
When it comes to weight loss, it doesn’t matter what type of fuel you use. What matters is how many calories you burn as opposed to how many calories you take in.
That said…..you burn WAY more calories during High Intensity Training than your standard aerobic exercise.
Think about it this way - when you sit or sleep, you’re in your prime fat-burning mode. But you’ve probably never contemplated the idea of sleeping more to lose weight, as lovely as that thought is.
The bottom line: Just because you’re using more fat as energy doesn’t mean you’re burning more calories.