Lifestyle and wellbeing advice from personal trainer and fitness expert Paul David

Burning fat isn't just about cardio exercise

Burning fat – it’s not just about cardio exercise!

23rd August 2015

Running your legs off on the treadmill isn’t the only way to burn fat – there are far more effective ways!

The simple fact is, spending hours running like a mad thing on the treadmill is going to wear your trainers out, but isn’t going to have a corresponding effect on your levels of body fat.

At its most basic level, weight loss is a case of burning more fat than you’re taking in, so there are other things to consider here too. Your diet is a major influencing factor: make sure you’re getting the right balance of proteins, vitamins and carbohydrates. By giving your body the right fuel, you make it more efficient at burning fat in every kind of exercise.

Don’t be tempted to cheat when you’ve done a workout – tucking into a burger and chips after a workout because you feel like you’ve earned it is not going to help your fat burning regime! It’s true that training helps your body’s ability to burn fat, but you should capitalise on this process, not use it as an excuse.

Cardio exercise strengthens your heart, but it doesn’t improve your metabolism the way strength training does, so it can be less efficient over time. Some strength exercises also have a cardio component too, so you get the best of both worlds.

Weight loss should be planned for, as part of a balanced programme of exercise. Variety is the key to living a better life – don’t put all your eggs in one basket when it comes to your training!