Why Cardio Is Negatively Impacting Your Fat Loss – Please Stop

Perhaps one of the most common emails I get coming is from someone who’s stuck with their fat loss.  They feel frustrated. They feel angry. They might even feel like giving up.

The email typically goes like this:

‘I’ve been doing everything right for so long – I run 5-6 miles a day, I eat properly, and I get enough sleep. But still, I cannot seem to lose any fat!  What am I doing wrong?’

The answer is to stop doing all that cardio.

What?!? You might be thinking, but cardio burns fat, right?

No, cardio does not burn fat.  A far superior method is 30-40 minutes of strength training, utilizing short rest periods in between.  Do that and the fat will practically fall off – provided your diet stays on track.

Why is this? Why is cardio ineffective but strength training is?

Here’s what you should know.

Optimal Fat Loss Occurs With A Higher Metabolic Rate

What you need to remember is that the best way to burn up body fat is to increase your basal metabolic rate, which stands for how many calories you burn at rest. Do this and you will basically burn more calories 24/7.  You’ll literally become a fat burning machine.

Doesn’t that sound ideal?  Hopefully, it does.

And what’s the best way to boost your BMR? The most optimal strategy is through increasing your overall lean muscle mass.  Since muscle is highly metabolically active, it will torch more calories at rest every minute of the day.

Strength training will help do this, while all that steady state cardio training may actually decrease your lean muscle mass and lead to a slower metabolic rate.

This isn’t to say that all cardio training is bad. There is a time and a place for steady state cardio training such as if you were training to run a marathon or entering a triathlon event.  When fat loss is not the goal and something else is, that form of cardio may be superior.

But if fat loss is the priority, steady state cardio is not the way to go.

Superior Options to Cardio

So what is? The best option is putting together a high-intensity interval training program involving weight lifting exercises.  A weightlifting workout that utilizes a challenging weight with short rest periods will be ideal for boosting your metabolism and reshaping your body.

To get a better idea how to structure these workouts, check out HIIT MAX™ and you’ll see some HIIT programs I’ve developed myself.

⚡ Related: Learn if HIIT is Right For You

Likewise, you can also do interval sprint training such as hill sprints or spin bike sprints. Both will be superior to the steady state, one pace training.

So don’t let yourself stay frustrated any longer.  If you want to lose fat, you must stop doing all that cardio training. It hasn’t delivered your results yet and it’s not going to deliver results anytime in the coming future either.

Switch it up, try something new, and prepare to be amazed at the success that comes your way.

 

 

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