HIGH INTENSITY WORKOUTS OR REGULAR CARDIO (WHICH BURNS MORE FAT?)
The answer is very easy. High intensity training is more effective for fat burning, and i'll show you why. When you walk or run on a treadmill at a low or moderate intensity level, say for 40 minutes, you are going to burn about 250 calories of which 50% will come from fat, so you are burning 125 calories from fat. On the other hand, let’s say you do Burst Training for 20 min. Because Burst Training is performed at a much higher intensity level than walking or running on a treadmill you will burn more calories, say about 380 calories, of which 35% will come from fat. -
This is where it gets interesting, some people will say that Steady State Cardio is more effective at burning fat because you burn a higher percentage of calories from fat than on a high intensity workout (50% Vs 35%). However, when you do the math, 35% of 380 calories, gives you 133 calories burned from fat. With this we can conclude that high intensity workouts are more effective at burning fat than Steady State Cardio (133 calories compared to 125 calories). We can also conclude that high intensity workouts such as Burst Training or CrossTraining are more time effective because you burn more calories IN LESS TIME (380 calories in 20 minutes vs. 250 calories in 40 minutes), which can certainly be beneficial for people with busy lifestyles. -
It is important to note that the "AFTERBURN" effect is greater in high intensity workouts, which basically means that you continue to burn fat even after your workout is finished. Another benefit of CrossTraining, Burst training, HIIT or other modalities of high intensity workouts is that they are much more varied, which in my opinion, makes exercise less boring than just hopping on a treadmill for 40 minutes.
However, there are people who prefer walking or running on a treadmill or in the street because they don’t like to do high intensity workouts due to their difficulty, intensity, variation, etc. and that’s totally fine. In my opinion, you should do the type of training that you enjoy the most 👌🏻
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