The new year has begun and all the new gym users jump to the treadmill in search of their desired training protocol to achieve their weight loss goals.
For some reason cardio seems to be pigeon holed as what is required to burn fat.
In actual fact, a progressive resistance routine (weight training) is far superior for fat loss when 24hr energy expenditure is tracked and macro nutrients are measured.
The main reason being lean mass retention during a dieting phase. On the contrary, an only cardio protocol with an aggressive energy deficit with insufficient protein (what most people do) will mean short term fat loss, muscle loss which in turn, will significantly reduce your metabolic rate, making it harder to make progress within the near future.
Cardio should be viewed as merely a tool to further energy expenditure once the foundations are in place (Progressive resistance routine and a proper nutrition regime).
1- Perform a progressive resistance routine.
2- Consume sufficient protein.
3- Create an energy deficit via decreasing calories.
4- Use cardio as a tool only when required to further energy expenditure.