The topic of losing weight can often elicit “groans.” There’s no need you know. In fact, did you know that cardio training can lead to quickly building muscle mass and losing weight. Cardio training can be as simple or as complex as you like.
There’s all kinds of sites promoting the “secret to successful weight loss” online but it’s really not as complicated as we might want to make it out to be. If you want to lose weight quickly then you must change the ration between calorie intake and calorie use. You can either increase your exercise or decrease your calories. The best plan of attack is to combine the two. Reduce your calories by no more than 500 and increase your activity with a daily 30 minutes of cardio a day.
When you build muscle you burn fat. Strength training builds muscle. Squats, lunges, and push ups require no equipment are very effective. Free weights are also very effective – dumbbells can be purchased for cheap and cans always work too. Don’t make this more expensive or complicated than it has to be.
Fat burning aerobic exercise is different than recreational exercise. For example Tennis and golf are recreational exercise and won’t do a thing for your weight loss, or very little. Then again aerobic exercise such as running, walking, and jogging for 30 minutes without stopping will get the heart pumping and the fat melting.
For awhile it was thought that low intensity exercises would do the job of burning fat but that myth was quickly dismissed. If you don’t get your heart rate up you won’t burn fat. When you have a high intensity aerobic workout you will consume around 70% of the body’s energy. This means calories are burnt and that includes fat cells.
Your cardio workout can be as little as 10 to 15 minutes but a 45 to 60 minute workout is the most effective for burning fat. Don’t think for a minute that more is better, because after 60 minutes the amount of weight loss actually goes down not up.
Cardio training can lose weight and build muscles quickly but when it comes to healthy weight loss that you can maintain you’ll want to ensure you have a healthy lifestyle.