How much cardio should you do in one session to burn the highest degree of body fat without wasting muscle? There is a definitive answer, but unless you're a world caliber competitive bodybuilder you probably don't know. If you're wondering why, it's because there's no other sport that demands the athlete to carry as much muscle mass humanly possible, versus the fat they carry on their bodies.
Now, if you're a trainer whose objective is to get their clients in the best shape possible, this is a real concern. Here's the truth. Cardio training is one of the three training components responsible for creating change to the body, and yet so many trainers make mistakes with cardio training because they're of the mindset that doing more, or going harder is a better approach, rather than focusing on length of training time, heart rate, and training zone.
Let me be clear, more is not necessarily better, for the simple reason that your body will go into muscle wasting mode. Granted, doing more, and going harder will get you in better shape, however not in the best shape possible. If your trainer is not being mindful of this physiological fact, then you have a faker who’s posing as a trainer.
My recommendation: Don't do more than 30 minutes a session and more than an hour a day. Split up sessions if you are doing more than 30 minutes a day, but for maximum body fat loss I would recommend nothing more than 25 minutes a session, and again no more than an hour a day.
Stay tuned for more truth talking on my next blog.
The Truth Talker (Leo Costa Jr)