In Reply to: can too much cardio inhibit muscle gain? posted by Ben (UK) on June 18, 19100 at 16:50:04:
I know that this is opposite to what all of the "experts" will tell you, but forget all of that staying in the target heart rate nonsense to lose fat.
Working out at higher intensity, more often, will get your average metabolism higher, longer. Working out at a lower level of intensity may burn a higher % fat DURING THE EXERCISE, but what about the other 23 hours in the day?
Working out for shorter periods allows you to work out harder, which causes your peak heartrate and energy usage to go higher, and take longer to get back down to its resting rate.
When do you burn the highest % fat in your day? The 23 hours that you are NOT working out. Anything that you can do to increase metabolism during those 23 hours will increase your fat loss.
Eating small, frequent meals will also increase metabolism by making you waste more of the energy potential in the food. It takes energy to process food.
Think about weeks at a time, rather than one workout at a time, when planning to lose fat.