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Can cardio make you fat?

Posted by: Shawn

When talking to any bodybuilder trying to gain muscle the subject of cardio is usually a very controversial subject. The chances of any bodybuilder considering cardio in his/her workout is probably for fat loss. Obviously the objective when doing cardio as a bodybuilder is to ensure that no muscle is lost from doing too much cardio.

A bodybuilder who does cardio has two choices when choosing what type of cardio when it comes to doing cardio specifically for fat loss. Bodybuilder's cardio can either be slow and easy cardio like walking or fast and furious like HIIT or circuit training.

HIIT training when done with weights achieves the EPOC (Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) or "after-burn" affect that has conclusively shown to speed up the BMR (basal metabolic rate) for up to 72 hours after the workout. This is why most bodybuilders will use this HIIT circuit training to speed up fat-loss.

Can cardio make you fat is a question that can only come from the bad press that hours of jogging on a treadmill have got in the last few years. The truth is that jogging or cycling for hours without stopping will not only help you lose muscle but will ONLY burn calories while you are training.

You will NOT continue to burn calories after you stop cycling or jogging so as soon as you eat your post-workout meal the chances that you will negate any potential fat-loss that you might get from your two hours on the treadmill are very strong. Slow low impact cardio will help you lose more fat than jogging for two hours, it's as simple as that.

Some bodybuilders like to cycle for half hour before they start squatting in order to warm up for squats. But if you select movements like clean and press with squat jumps and burpies thrown into a circuit you will get the best fat loss rewards.

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