Cardiovascular exercise to lose body fat?

We are constantly being asked what is best for losing body fat. Should I only do cardio? Is the HIT effective? If I do weight training, will I look very masculine?

Here is our opinion.

The ideal for any effective change in YOUR LIFE will be to achieve a balance. If you want to lose body fat, you must nourish yourself well and exercise in the same way. THERE IS NO EXERCISE WORSE OR BETTER THAN ANOTHER. The important thing is that you move, that you give your best in the exercise or sport you choose. As we said, everything is a complement that will help you have a better final result.

Even so, as we know that our users always want an exact answer, we bring you a study carried out by "Zhang et al" 2020, whose objective was to compare the visceral fat loss associated with four different training protocols. Fifty-nine obese young women participated (% fat> 30%), who were randomly assigned to different training programs of 12 weeks duration "

This study was done with rapid interval training (Sprint), medium interval (HIT) and continuous training of moderate intensity or no training.

Which it was the result? This study showed that the most effective training to lower ABDOMINAL FAT is the RAPID INTERVAL, since in all other training cases it was shown that the final total fat burned was the same in the body in general.

The above would imply that if a person wanted to lose abdominal fat, it is recommended to do a quick interval training in order to reduce the fat focused on that place.

Now, if in spite of following a routine suitable for you and following the feeding plans you are not seeing results, there are several external factors that could be AFFECTING YOU, such as BAD SLEEP AND AN INCREASE IN STRESS LEVEL.

Poor sleep: This factor occurs very often in students and workers, due to the short time they have. If our sleep is too much, it will increase the level of cortisol and Ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates the appetite, so you will eat more and store more unwanted fat.

A high level of stress: Because increasing stress in your body increases your cravings. This is biochemically related to an increase in cortisol, which tells your body that it needs to recover energy, causing the sensation of hunger.

Written by Fitness and sport team

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