Does the body burn fat more effectively during low impact cardio?
- 05-12-2009, 01:50 PM
- 05-12-2009, 03:01 PM
I think what you mean is low intensity and not low impact. You can have close to no impact and very high intensity (i.e. eliptical).
The idea behind this low intensity crap is that at certain lower heart rates your body is using more fat as fuel so you burning more fat.
However, if you workout hard and do real cardio you will burn more calories and you will get more of an afterburn and you will get more fit. There is a reason people who do a lot of high intensity exercise are lean.
If you are lazy and want an excuse not to work hard you can do low intensity and sure, you will lose some fat if you eat right. But if you are serious about losing body fat then up the intensity. HIIT works great and is much more effective then sitting your ass on recumbent bike and not breaking a sweat.
- 05-12-2009, 03:25 PM
AdamsThe Historic PES Legend
05-12-2009, 03:35 PM
You have to be right at, or slightly above, a respiratory exchange ratio (RER) of 1.00 to be running on pure carbs. V02 and HR are linearly related, but the max varies from person to person (220-Age is a rough estimate of MHR).
M.Ed. Ex Phys
05-12-2009, 03:40 PM
I can sustain about 105% MHR for 30 minutes if that gives you any idea, and be singing along with Akon doing it...
Part of the issue with which burns more is that lower intensity cardio primarily shows benefit just for the time you are doing it, but HIIT raises metabolism for hours afterwards. Then add in all the differences of body chemistries, eating habits, other activity, other supplements, etc and its impossible to say.
05-13-2009, 01:53 PM
05-13-2009, 02:03 PM
05-13-2009, 02:07 PM
05-13-2009, 02:09 PM
05-13-2009, 02:14 PM
Doing HIIT, i've hit spikes up to 195-197 :P
05-13-2009, 02:23 PM
05-13-2009, 04:02 PM
when i'm not using any stims, in the lower 60s
05-13-2009, 04:24 PM
My problem with high intensity while cutting is it usually elevates ur metabolism too much for you to stay at ur desired calories and end up eating more then u want to lose the weight u want. Low intensity is the way to go IMO unless ur using high intensity for a workout on its own
05-13-2009, 04:31 PM
05-13-2009, 04:43 PM
I do cardio year round especially while biulking because it relly helps. But fat loss I perfer low intensity morning or post workout and high intensity not during a gym day just on its own as a workout
05-13-2009, 04:49 PM
05-13-2009, 04:50 PM
05-13-2009, 05:00 PM
I think it depends totally on your goals as has been said HIIT is great for burning more calories and keeping metabolism high. IF you want overall weightloss and cardo condition HIIT if you just trying to strip off some last stubborn fat while mainting muscle then LISS
05-13-2009, 05:13 PM
05-13-2009, 05:14 PM
05-13-2009, 05:26 PM
Yes that's true but your giving your body another reason to over eat when u do hiit cardio. I don't mind it I can control myself but some people will not be able to do it
05-13-2009, 05:33 PM
05-13-2009, 05:39 PM
Yea absolutly! That's what I said. But I also said I wouldn't do it after a workout or on emnpty. It still increases ur metabolism too much. I know people who run everyday and wonder why they never lose weight and its bc there metabolism is soo high so Is their appetite and they get stuck
05-13-2009, 05:46 PM
M.Ed. Ex Phys
05-13-2009, 05:52 PM
Ok let me repharse "too much" to an amount that may have people eating more then normal whn they get hungry leading to them eating an amount that allows them to maintain and not lose. This is just my experience with a few of my clients I've had
05-13-2009, 05:59 PM
M.Ed. Ex Phys
05-13-2009, 06:04 PM
Yea it may be that but I doubt it she trains like 3 times a day so her intakes gotta be high to maintain
05-13-2009, 06:10 PM
M.Ed. Ex Phys
05-13-2009, 06:31 PM
Oh yea dude trains like an animal. He intake is high from all the high intensity work. But she eats when she's hiungey and that's pretty often. Her problem is when cuttin calories even a little she stays hungry. It comes down to doing thing properly ion your own yanno. That's all I was getting at some people can't handle it
05-20-2009, 05:16 PM
if jogging and running are so effective......why do you see these folks and they usually look depleted and flat with no muscles......I have heard that many bodybuilders including Dorian Yates, Porter Cottrell, Lee Haney and Phil Hernon....to name a few.....were all big proponents of power walking and or treadmill walking at a brisk pace but not too brisk that you can't carry on a conversation.
These pundits today, all say that you must huff and puff to get ripped.
The conditioning of the bodybuilders today is aweful compared to the shredded competitors of the 80s and early to mid 90s.
05-20-2009, 05:45 PM
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05-21-2009, 09:03 AM
M.Ed. Ex Phys
05-21-2009, 12:20 PM
I've always wondered why it has to be one or the other with cardio. I've been having great success with Lyle McDonalds Stubborn fat protocol. I do 10 minutes of HIIT (elliptical), and then about 30-40 minutes of less intense cardio, either on the elliptical or heavy bag. I do NOT do this fasted, but I also don't use the same type of pre workout supplements I do when I lift.
The rationale behind the protocol is that you use the HIIT to free up fatty acids, and the lesser intensity follow up cardio to burn those freed up fatty acids. I've used this in the past as well with very good results. I use Xtend during these sessions to hopefully stave off any cannibalism of my muscle, and I've noticed no muscle loss doing this 3 times a week.
05-21-2009, 02:36 PM
no one way is perfect for every metabolism or body type... but i like the combo HIIT for 10 to 15 followed by 30-45 of standard cardio
05-21-2009, 02:58 PM
I generally advocate what works best for me as I've learned over the years that my body is an ******* lol. Very stubborn and doesn't do what I want. And what Ido now is working wondedrs for ne
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