What does Brisbane Personal Trainer Chris Tuck recommend as the best type of Cardio for Fat Loss? It may not be what you think.
Now I hope this time of year is not too stressful for you. I know from experience that ending one and starting another financial year plus being in the middle of winter can often lead to ‘comfort’ eating.
Did you end up eating some things you normally wouldn’t? Maybe ate more then usual? If so, don’t worry.
Today we’re going to look at what kind of cardio is best for fat loss. There’s a lot of confusion around this issue. Some say you need 45-60 minutes of low to medium intensity cardio.
Yet others say that’s inefficient and you need to do High Intensity cardio. What gives!?
You wanna lose fat. And you want to do it FAST!
To burn of that fat, you’ve got to burn calories. There’s no way around it.
To that end, the most common piece of advice you’ll hear is “do more cardio.”
Easier said than done. Especially when you consider that there is so much conflicting information out there. Some people say you need to do hours on end of cardio.
Yet others say that long bouts of cardio are a waste of time. Instead what you need is HIIT cardio (high intensity interval training.)
So who’s right!? And more importantly, what should YOU do so you can start burning off that fat faster than ever before?
Here’s the skinny (sorry, no pun intended)…
When it comes to what kind of cardio do our Brisbane Personal Trainer’s recommend to do, it depends.
Let me explain.
The main purpose of cardio in any training/fat loss program is to expend extra calories once you’ve ALREADY established a caloric deficit from diet – and are on a sound weight-lifting program.
So in the end, the mission is to burn enough calories to create enough of a deficit that you’ll lose weight.
Both low-intensity and high-intensity cardio can do that.
The trade off is time and efficiency. With low-intensity cardio (like walking) you have to do more of it to burn a decent amount of calories.
This is why most recommendations for low-intensity cardio are between 45-60 minutes.
On the other hand, high-intensity cardio burns the same amount of calories in half the time (usually).
So with just 20-30 minutes of intense interval training, you can burn the same number of calories as you do with 45-60 minutes of low-intensity steady state cardio.
That said, too much of a good thing (on either end) is never a good thing.
So the best advice? Mix it up.
Do maybe 2-3 high intensity sessions a week. What better way than with a Brisbane Personal Trainer.
If you still need more cardio than that, then add in maybe one or two extra bouts of low-intensity cardio.
The only caveat here is that you want to do this gradually. That is, if you’re severely out of shape, start by only doing low-intensity cardio.
Once you’ve lost a bit of weight and have improved your cardiovascular system, then start adding in one intense cardio session a week.
Then build to two.
By mixing things up this way, you’re reducing the chances of overuse injury. And, you ward off overtraining (5 high intensity cardio sessions a week plus weight training is overkill!)
So there you have it – cardio demystified!
Start small. Then build up. Then mix in both HIIT type workouts with low-intensity workouts and you’ll see your fat loss speed up.
And by the way … if you’re serious about taking your health and fitness to the next level, why not take advantage of your FREE Consultation with a Brisbane Personal Trainer? (an $75 value)
During this consult, you’ll receive detailed information on how to get fit and trim that’s tailored to YOUR body.