I’m guessing afterwards you feel better, less stressed and yep, those health benefits are real. But in my experience, most of you go and sweat it out to burn fat. To banish that muffin top or those love handles. Fat loss motivates many of us to do cardio.
What if I were to tell you you’re wasting your time? In fact, that many of the world’s leading exercise minds don’t do any cardio for fat loss? Wouldn’t that rock your sweaty socks? The truth is cardio (my definition is any long duration low-to-medium-intensity monotonous activity) is flawed as a fat-loss method. Here’s why:
● The more cardio you do, the less fat you burn at any given intensity. Your body becomes efficient and you have to constantly work harder or longer to get the same fat burning result.
● During cardio you only burn fat while exercising – the burn stops as soon as you do.
● It’s at the muscle where fat is burnt. Cardio reduces the amount of muscle mass we have. So we lessen our ability to burn fat.
Why have we been told to do cardio all these years? The answer is that while we understood the flaws, we still thought it was the best option. Well, it isn’t. So what is? Long reserved for the boys wanting to get ripped, this type of training is known to have amazing fat-burning properties. Yep, it’s strength training. Here are 3 reasons why strength training is the king of fat-burning exercise.
1. If done correctly, in a circuit format, it’s high intensity. Therefore, burns a lot of fat during the workout as the challenge to the muscles is massive.
2. Due to the amount of work that goes on inside the muscle after a workout to repair, we burn fat for days afterwards. Research shows we can burn fat for up to 72 hours after a hardcore strength session.
3. Strength training maintains and even increases muscle mass. So, while cardio reduces our future fat-burning potential, strength training allows us to ramp things up.