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Determining the Best Cardio Exercise for You to Most Efficiently Reach Your Fat Loss Goals

  Sep 17th, 2011
For being so simple, cardiovascular workouts tend to be one of the most confusing things for people to grasp when trying to structure their workouts around their goal of reducing body fat. Some even spend hours and hours researching to find the absolute best cardio exercise for shedding fat only to end up more lost and confused from all of the contradicting information that is thoughtlessly posted on the internet.

Everybody has an opinion regarding what the best fat burning cardio workout should look like. Some claim elliptical workouts are superior, some swear by interval sprints, while still others will tell you that constantly switching the cardio you are using leads to the best fat loss results.

So what is the best cardio workout to lose weight and quickly cut fat?

I am going to make this really simple for you…

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The Best Cardio Exercise Explained

I have tried all different kinds of cardio workouts and can tell you that the best type of cardio that you can do for significantly reducing your body fat percentage is any cardio exercise that you can commit to performing 5-7 days each week for an extended period of time.

Without fail, I have found that those who are unsuccessful at reaching their fat loss goals are unsuccessful for one of two reasons:

1. They are not performing cardiovascular exercise often enough

2. They have failed to structure their nutrition to be consistent with their goal of shedding unwanted body fat

Let’s have a look at each of these potential points of failure individually to get a better idea about what an effective fat loss exercise regimen should look like…

How Often to Do Cardio Exercise

Like the subject of which cardio exercise is the best for cutting fat, the frequency with which you should perform cardio workouts each week is another topic that carries a wide range of opinions. As someone who has gotten the results to back up my opinions, I hope that you take what I am about to say to heart.

If you are serious about quickly reducing your body fat percentage, your goal should be to get in a cardio workout each and every day throughout the week. The times which I have shed body fat the most effectively are the times when I am entirely committed to reaching my fat loss goals and made sure to dedicate at least 30 minutes to cardio exercise every day of each week.

I understand that life is busy and that working out 7 days a week may not be feasible for you. However, my purpose of writing this article is to tell you what the best cardio exercise schedule is for shedding body fat the most efficiently. Seven days of cardiovascular workouts will provide you with the absolute best fat loss results and it is important that you understand this fact.

Always remember that 30 minutes of cardio exercise 7 days a week is simply the ideal situation. Because of the various other commitments we all have in life, there are going to be circumstances that will prevent you from being able to get in all 7 cardio workouts in a given week.

This is okay!

Your weekly goal should always be to perform some form of cardio exercise every day, but if something comes up and you can only fit in 5 or 6 workouts in a week, you will still get great results as long as you are following a nutrition plan that is consistent with your goal of shedding body fat.

Pork Chop and SaladImportance of Nutrition

As I explain in my free book, Ripped Abs Now, you cannot out-train a bad diet. Simply “watching what you eat” while doing 7 cardio workouts each week is just not enough to get dramatic results. You may see small improvements, but without a strict diet plan, your results will be minimal.

When it comes to fat loss, no aspect is more important than nutrition. Yet, ironically, nutrition is the element that is most often ignored.

Believe it or not, I understand the reasons that people hesitate to follow a structured nutrition plan:

• Diets are boring

• Preparing healthy meals can be time consuming

• I like eating what I want, when I want

These are all valid reasons for being hesitant to commit to following a fat loss nutrition plan. The inconvenient truth is that you have to make the food that you are putting in your body a top priority in order to lose fat and get a toned, lean and ripped physique. I wish I could sugarcoat it and tell you that your diet is not that important, but out of fairness to you, I am being completely honest.

If you are unwilling to make a commitment to feeding your body for fat loss success, you will be destined for failure and will have very little hope of ever improving your body.

Because I understand the nuances of following a strict diet plan, I have laid out a specific nutrition plan for fat loss in my bodybuilding diet article that is about as simple as any fat loss diet you will find. While the diet plan I provide in this article is more geared toward bodybuilders who want to simultaneously build muscle and burn fat, you can rest assured that this diet is perfect for anyone that is interested in quickly shedding body fat as well.

A Note on Cardio Intensity

As I stated a little earlier, the simple act of performing your cardio workouts as often as possible is by far the most important aspect of using cardio to burn off fat. Although, it is important to note that the intensity with which you are working out will also be a factor in the overall fat burning effectiveness of your workouts. Here is a link to an article I wrote a while back that explains how to determine the best cardio exercise intensity for maximum fat loss:

Discovering Your Optimum Fat Burning Heart Rate

Cardio Does Not Have to Be Complicated

Hopefully I have helped to simplify all of the complex information about shedding fat with cardio workouts that so many others are spreading around online today by reducing your fat burning cardio workouts down to their simplest form – doing them!

All of the hyped-up scientific sounding articles about cardio that you will find online might sound really smart, but the fact remains that cardio exercise is about as simple as it gets. Find a cardio exercise that you enjoy doing, commit to doing it 5, 6 or 7 days each week (for around 30 minutes each time), use the right level of intensity, eat for fat loss success and watch the fat fall off of your body each week.

That really is all there is to figuring out the best cardio exercise for you to use in order to get the best fat burning results possible.

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