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24th July 2012, 10:24 AM
If your main fat loss tool is long cardio…
Jogging, long bike rides, an hour a day on the treadmill, or basically any cardio that takes you more than 16 minutes to complete…
Then you have fallen for the “cardio myth”… and are probably having a hard time keeping the weight off.
It’s About Energy Production
You have two primary energy systems that support physical activity:
Aerobic: Produces energy slowly… used for long duration cardio
Anaerobic: Produces energy quickly… used for
sprinting and short term energy bursts
Intense activities use both systems because they usually exceed
your anaerobic threshold. But this does NOT work in reverse…
As moderate activity almost NEVER requires support from the
anaerobic energy system.
Burning Fat AFTER Exercise
Intense activity creates a process called excess post-exercise
oxygen consumption (EPOC).
What this means is that after you have stopped exercising
(even after just 5 minutes of intense exercise), your body’s metabolism
can remain elevated for up to a few DAYS!
This simply does not happen with regular cardio – you only
burn what you burn while exercising.
More importantly, intense exercise actually builds lean, sexy
muscles… while long form cardio can reduce muscle mass.
Would You Rather Look Like This or This?
Marathon Runner: Long Cardio Pole Vaulter: Short Bursts of Energy

Marathon Runner: Long Cardio

Sprinter: Short Bursts
And it Gets Worse
Done too often, long form cardio can cause cellular damage
and too much wear and tear on your joints. This wear and
tear can cause inflammation, which as I told you in my
Can compete with your leptin receptors and actually prevent
you from burning fat.
I am not saying to never do long form cardio, I am saying to
limit this to once or twice a week. And I do recommend long
walks almost every day, as this is actually restorative… and you
will burn close to the same amount of calories as long cardio anyway!
How to Exercise With Intensity
Intensity is relative. Some people can sprint for 60 seconds
with relative ease, while others become heavily winded after
just walking up a steep hill.
The goal then is to do something like sprinting, biking, swimming,
elipticycle for a period of 45 seconds that feels intense for you,
which means…
Gasping for air at the end [this means you would not be able to
have a conversation].
Then you walk slowly for as long as it takes to be able to
comfortably speak again.
This could be 1 minute, 2 minutes… or even 3 minutes.
Then exercise again… do this for 16 minutes tops and you
are done.
Just do this 3 times a week and I assure you that you will burn
far more fat than doing normal long cardio for 45 minutes, 5 times
a week!

source -Realdose

30th July 2012, 12:26 PM
That's great and very helpful too. But I have spare time in the morning daily so I prefer to be more regular with my cardio exercise. I do cardio for 30-40 minutes daily. I do butterfly, running and bending exercises for shaping my body.