Do you want to know what the
Best Cardio to Lose Belly Fat is?
Well, that’s what I used to think! If you don’t know what HIIT is, it stands for High Intensity Interval Training.
Instead of long bouts of low intensity cardio, the theory goes that very intense sprints for shorter durations may burn less calories during the exercise BUT the afterburn is much greater!
What do I mean by afterburn? Afterburn is what happens to your metabolism after an intense weight training circuit or HIIT cardio session. The technical term for this is EPOC.
There was a recent study that somewhat contradicts
everything that I have believed about afterburn or EPOC
The study is titled:
Effects of exercise intensity and duration on the excess post-exercise oxygen consumption…
and it stated:
I have used both HIIT cardio and intense bodyweight training circuits with very good results in the past…. but it may very well have been for different reasons! I did get the results so no study can take that away from me!
When you are in an extreme calorie deficit, this type of training may be detrimental as you will lose too much lean muscle mass. Your lean muscle mass adds to your metabolic rate….. or the amount of total calories you need to consume in a single day to maintain your weight.
The higher your metabolism, the easier it is to create
a calorie deficit and lose belly fat using strength training
and the right type of cardio
The man who has convinced me of a more optimal way of performing cardio is Rusty Moore. Rusty is well known as an expert fitness author. He specializes in helping individuals achieve that lean hollywood look…. you know what I’m talking about!