#5 – what is the best exercise for fat loss?

In episode 6 of my new 1000 interesting things series it’s time to break bread with one of the most common questions I am asked, what is the best exercise for fat loss?

Now I’m going to go right ahead and say it, and I’d like you to say it with me… ready? THERE IS NO “BEST” EXERCISE FOR FAT LOSS !! Didn’t that feel good!

When it comes to fat loss there is really no single exercise that is better or worse than anything else. What we should acknowledge however is that exercise is one of the best things you can do for fat loss. When your goal is fat loss you need to be in an energy deficit, commonly done by consuming less energy (calories) than you need on a daily / weekly basis. Diet plays a large role in this and coupled with exercise that effect is going to amplify for 2 reasons.

Reason 1: When you exercise you burn calories, the more calories you burn in a day through exercise the easier it is to get into a calorie deficit than through diet alone.

Reason 2: Exercising will increase your lean muscle mass. The more lean muscle you have the more calories you will burn, without even having to get out of bed.

Are there things you can do to amplify this effect? Sure – cardiovascular exercise (running, cycling, rowing etc. over long distances) has been shown to help reduce abdominal fat more than traditional weight training. Traditional weight training is known for increasing lean muscle mass leading to a higher BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) meaning you’ll burn more calories at rest.

So to recap, what is the best exercise for fat loss? There isn’t one, but combining a structured training programme that includes cardio, strength training and a calculated calorie deficit will see you reach your goal in the fastest time possible.

Have an amazing day!

P.s. If you enjoyed this article check out the last article (#4) in the 1000 interesting thing series – Is the RDA for protein enough?


Aerobic exercise alone results in clinically significant weight loss for men and women: Midwest Exercise Trial

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