Any cardio machine can burn a ton of fat, but not because you pressed a certain button. Forget the “programs” and instead use a technique that will ignite a fat-burning effect in your body.

Exercise plans for fat burning typically involve cardio exercise, like the treadmill or exercise bike. Fat men and fat women especially, struggle with fat loss despite hours of cardio exercise.

But is the fat burning zone in cardio exercise better at burning fat than the cardio training zone on your favorite cardio exercise machines?

The vast majority of men and women at the gym exercise in the fat burning zone during aerobic exercise. But this is not best for fat reduction.

Best weight loss cardio?

Choose your favorite cardio exercise machines, because no one particular workout equipment is superior to another in terms of weight loss.

So if you prefer the exercise bike, that will work. It’s the cardio TECHNIQUE that will create the weight loss you want.

So whether it’s the exercise bike, treadmill, elliptical trainer or revolving staircase, this weight loss technique can be applied. In terms of cardio, this technique ranks No. 1 for burning excess body weight, including abdominal fat loss.

It is called high intensity interval training (HIIT), a form of anaerobic exercise (anaerobic means without oxygen), and it is the most powerful natural fat burner known to science. And the concept of the HIIT natural fat burner is so simple!

For dramatic body fat reduction, all you need do is alternate 2-4 minutes of easy aerobic exercise with about 30 seconds of grueling, punishing effort.

At the end of 30 seconds, you should be dying. Go back and forth this way for about 40 minutes.

Again: Two to four minutes of causal aerobic workout (easy pedaling, or casual walking), alternating with 30 seconds of your fastest pedaling, or fastest running.

Exercise bike and elliptical machine

Your fastest pedaling should incorporate a high pedal resistance as well.

Treadmill

Your fastest running can incorporate an incline, but the incline is not necessary; the treadmill incline is an interesting option, nevertheless.

For example, if you have a hamstring muscle injury that prevents you from running your fastest (which may be 12 or more mph), you can still reach the anaerobic HIIT state with a slower run AT A 15 PERCENT INCLINE.

For example, 9 mph at 15 percent incline. Never hold onto the treadmill. This is cheating.

Revolving staircase

Do not hold on. This causes wayward posture and can cause back pain down the road. It’s cheating and won’t do you any good for weight loss, or anything, for that matter.

Your high intensity intervals should be very very fast stepping or even jogging the steps. Then climb slowly for a minute or two at a very slow pace to recharge.

For more detailed instructions on HIIT cardio and it’s fat burning power, go here.

Lorra Garrick is a former personal trainer certified through the American Council on Exercise. At Bally Total Fitness she trained women and men of all ages for fat loss, muscle building and fitness.