How Much Cardio For Weight Loss?
“How much cardio should I be doing?” “What’s the best type of cardio for fat loss and for how long?” I want to start this post by saying there is no magic type or amount of cardio you “should” do for faster fat loss. Fat loss is achieved by being in a calorie deficit. Cardio recommendations are one of the most frequently asked questions I get as a coach. When you’ve made the decision to finally start a training program or to join a gym, it’s very common to start your training regiment by doing cardio – lots of it, at that! While there is nothing wrong with cardio, as it has several respiratory and heart-health benefits, I want to share with you why starting your fat loss phase doing moderate-higher amounts of cardio may not be as beneficial for you and your goals in the long run! To simply answer the first commonly asked question, “How much cardio should I be doing to lose weight?” the answer is this: it depends. In fact, it depends on several things, including: How much weight do you want to lose? What is your weekly weight loss targets per week? How much cardio are you already doing? What’s realistic for you to adhere to each week? The answers to each of these questions will vary greatly person to person, which is why there is no one-size-fits-all cardio recommendation I give out to my clients. Generally speaking however, I wouldn’t suggest adding in loads of cardio until you’re already a few months into your weight loss journey.