What is the Best Cardio for Fat Loss?

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I’ve noticed a lot of people online have been posting about cardio and while I am not saying that there isn’t a time and a place for the elliptical, I want to make sure that I really shed some light on cardio and what we’ve been told. When you go to a gym, you’ll notice that they have very few machines and a ton of cardio equipment. So, today, I want to talk to you about cardio and why it really isn’t the best for fat loss.

Stay tuned after the video to learn:

  • If you should be giving up cardio
  • The best type of cardio for fat loss

Should You Give Up Cardio?

If your goal is fat loss, cardio equipment is not the answer. Now, I am not saying that if you are really overweight, that you shouldn’t start with cardio, and I am not saying that cardio isn’t right for some people. What I am saying is, if you are able to do high-intensity interval training, which is the best form of cardio for fat loss specifically, then that is what you should be doing.

When you go on a treadmill or an elliptical, you burn calories while you are doing the work, but once you get off that piece of equipment, you stop burning calories. When you are doing a form of high-intensity interval training, what happens is your body goes into O2 debt, or excess post oxygen consumption (EPOC), or the afterburn effect. High-intensity interval training was originally developed for sprinters and is proven through studies that have been conducted all over the world that show that it is the best for fat loss due to the afterburn effect. As you are working out at high intensity, your muscles start to fatigue and they fill with lactate, known as lactic acid build up. Once you stop working out, your body begins to repair and recover, going into O2 debt, working hard for the next 16-24 hours to repay it that debt. While this happens, your body is burning calories, making high-intensity interval training the most effective for weight loss.

Better Cardio for More Fat Loss

I created HIIT MAX™ because high-intensity interval training is so effective in comparison to cardio. If you know my backstory, then you know I come from the world where I was told that cardio was the key. 3-4 years ago, I was doing cardio, but I wasn’t seeing the results. Then I started doing high-intensity interval training, without really knowing what it was, as I started to string exercises together in my living room. Soon, I started losing weight really fast and for the first time, I could see my abs and muscle definition that I had never seen before. This is why I created HIIT MAX™, which has now sold over 112,000 copies in the last year and a half because of how effective it is at melting away the fat.

⚡ Related: Learn How HIIT Can Help You Lose More Weight

Now, I combine high-intensity interval training with weights, which is something I strongly encourage. The foundation should always be some form of strength training, but because not everyone is ready for strength training, high-intensity interval training is the answer.

When you do high-intensity interval training and then come back to the treadmill, you’ll find it to be much easier as your body will be much better equipped to handle LISS (low-intensity steady state).

When doing high-intensity interval training, or any training for that matter, you want your body to remain in an anabolic state and this is why I recommend carb cycling, like we do on our Custom Meal Plans, especially if you are looking to put on lean muscle. What carb cycling does is cycle your body between a catabolic state (where you are burning fat) and an anabolic state (where you are building lean muscle).

Also, when doing high-intensity interval training, what you do in an hour on a treadmill, you can do better with 15-20 minutes. Not only are the exercises more fun and customizable, you are accomplishing more, in less time. The idea behind high-intensity interval training is to do exercises at high intensity followed by exercises of low intensity or rest.

So, if you are doing cardio to lose weight, stop. If you are doing it because you enjoy it or because you are training for a marathon, awesome! But, if you are doing it solely for fat loss because you think it’s the best option out there, this is the mindset change I want you to have. If you make the simple changes and put HIIT MAX™ first, you will start to see results.

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