Here’s info you’ve been seeking about the fat burning effects of brief intense cardio compared to long, light intensity cardio exercise.

So which is better for burning fat and weight loss: those lengthy, low intensity cardio sessions, or very short bursts of cardio at high intensity?

When I was a personal trainer, I’d tell my clients the truth:

Twenty minutes of high intensity interval training on any piece of cardio equipment will burn more fat than two hours of steady state pacing on that same equipment. Orangeline

This truth also applies to outdoor aerobic activity. Duration isn’t always the key to fat burning.

  • Exercise smart, not long.
  • Warm up for five minutes or so and then after the actual workout, cool down for five minutes.

Please look at the article links below to find the one (s) that best address your specific questions about how to burn the most fat, in the most efficient, effective way.

Does short intense cardio really burn more fat?

You are sure to find precisely what you’re looking for in at least one of the article links at the end of this introduction.

If you’ve been struggling to lose weight and have been seemingly “doing everything right,” yet after months and months, you still can’t fit into that pair of jeans; you still look the same; you still feel the same; and the body fat just won’t budge —

— then it’s time to make a change and take a detour from that dead-end road you’ve been on.

Best articles about short intense cardio vs. long and low intensity for burning fat:

 “I’m fat; how do I do high intensity interval training?”

 Can older women do HIIT safely?

 HIIT on the revolving staircase

 Most common questions about HIIT answered!

 Melt your fat with HIIT

Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.  



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