The Best Exercise for Fat Loss

What’s the best exercise for fat loss?  Have you asked this question?  With so many magazines, gurus, and programs out there that say you have to do this or do that, it can be really hard to tell which exercises or routines you should do.

Well, I’m going to make life easy for all of us ladies by letting you know what the best exercise for fat loss and tell you why…(There is so much science to the why part though, so I’ll try to keep it short. ;0) )  To answer the question though, I have to ask you a question.

What is YOUR goal?  Why?  Because the exercise option you choose is dependent on what you are trying to accomplish fitness and health wise.

So let’s break it down here…

First, I will list some of the most common goals women have regarding health and fitness as it relates to weight loss.  Then next to that, I will give an exercise method that will help to accomplish that goal.

  • Steady, easy fat loss with no set time frame to meet your goal – The best exercise is simply one that let’s you move.  That can be walking, riding your bike, light resistance training, playing in the pool, etc.  You’re not trying to elevate your heart rate in these examples.  You’re simply trying to burn a few extra calories.  Maintain the same consumption of calories or reduce them slightly and you will see the excess weight steadily decrease over the course of time.
  • Consistent fat loss that occurs over a shorter course of time – Incorporate any form of cardio training at a moderate intensity level along with a weight training program that will you have to put some effort into.  (In this instance for example, you’ll want your heart rate moderately elevated during both your cardio and resistance training.)  This intensity level will increase the number of calories burned in a workout as compared to that training listed in the first goal.  Plus, the weight training will likely add a small amount of muscle to your body which will contribute to a more active metabolism and again, as a result burn more calories…even at rest.  Gotta love that huh?  Cut down on the number of calories consumed and even better results can be achieved!
  • Fast fat loss in the shortest period of time –  (You asked for it, you got it!)  This goal requires high intensity cardio work and training with weights.  This goal means you’re are pushing yourself consistently during your workouts.  Your heart rate would be at max or near max in the majority of your training sessions including both the cardio and weight training portions.  The benefit here is that with this intensity, the extra calories continue burning for 24 to 48 hours after your workout.  In addition, the weight lifting builds muscle which as said before, increases metabolism and means you body burns more calories just to sustain itself.

Now, before you decide to avoid the later two goals because you’re really concerned about adding big bulky muscle, let me put your mind at ease.  Your muscles WILL NOT get that big.  As females, we don’t produce the hormones necessary to build big muscle.

What I can assure you of though is that there will likely be some muscle gain.  Fortunately, that only contributes to a firm, shapely looking figure with the curves and definition you want!

The good news about the exercises above though is that you can mix them up as well.  If you don’t have a specific goal set yet, then change it up.  If you’re feeling strong and full of energy, do the high intensity work.  If you’re feeling a bit run down, stick to the lower intensity exercise.  Either way, the good news is that fat burn WILL happen!!!

To help you get started here is a sample treadmill fat burning workout for you to try!

In a nutshell ladies, that is it.  As I said before, there is a whole lot of science behind this stuff and my explanations were extremely abbreviated.  If you have questions, leave a comment below or contact me at fatlossforwomen26@gmail.com and I will get you the answers.

Best wishes to your health and fitness success,

Jo




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