Is Cardio The Best Way To Burn Fat?


Do you feel like increasing your cardio is the best way to lose more weight?

I typically hear my clients saying they want to lose weight or lose fat, and when asked what type of workouts they do, the most common response is “cardio”.

If your goal is fat loss, cardio might not be the answer. I’m not saying cardio doesn’t have its place in a well-rounded fitness program. What I am saying is that cardio has its time and place, but if fat loss is your main goal, then high-intensity interval training is what you should be doing.

When you are on the treadmill or stairmaster you are burning a good amount of calories. But once you stop, you stop burning calories.

When you’re doing high-intensity interval training, you go through a process called EPOC, or Exercise Post Oxygen Consumption. Better known as “The After Burn Effect”.

There have been many studies done on the effectiveness of The Afterburn Effect and its effectiveness on fat loss. When you workout at a high intensity, your muscles fatigue and build up lactic acid. Once you stop working out, your body goes into overdrive over the next 24-48 hours to repair muscles, hormones and fuel stores and by doing so, goes into “Oxygen Debt”.

While this happens, your body is burning a ton of extra calories to make these repairs, making high-intensity interval training the best when it comes to fat loss.

High-intensity interval training is also the best when it comes to getting an effective workout in when you don’t have that much time.

I started working out by doing a bodybuilding style workout. I would lift heavy weights focusing on one body part 5-6 days per week when I was in my 20’s and had more time on my hands. Now that I’m in my 30’s, time is of the essence. High-intensity interval training is key for me to stay in shape, get my Afterburn effect burning more calories throughout the day, and get it all done quickly and efficiently.

High-intensity interval training is key for me to stay in shape. With the Afterburn Effect in place, I’m able to burn more calories throughout the day and get it all done quickly and efficiently. Studies show that doing 30 minutes of a high-intensity interval training session can burn as much as 3 times as much fat in a 20-week program as doing up to 40 minutes of cardio training in the same 20-week program.

If you are training for a marathon, cardio is awesome. Don’t stop. But, if you’re doing cardio because you think it’s the best way to lose fat, then I want you to reconsider. This is a mindset change I want you to have.