The 14 Best Calorie-Burning Workoits for effective weight loss.
If you’re dedicating valuable time in your day to a sweat sesh, you want to know it’s actually worth your time, right? Okay, but you’ve heard some people say cardio is the ultimate calorie-burner, while other swear by weight lifting—so what the heck gets you the most burn for your buck?
EPOC = Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (post-workout calorie burn)
To set the record straight: It’s true that we tend to expend more calories in the moment while, say, running versus lifting weights, says Laura Miranda, C.S.C.S., a doctor of physical therapy, fitness nutrition specialist, and certified personal trainer. “But weight, or anaerobic, workouts keep our excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), or post-workout calorie burn, going from hours to days.”
The reason weight training has such a prolonged calorie-burn effect is because the greater the intensity, the more oxygen your body will need post-workout to recover and repair muscles, explains Miranda. By choosing exercises that ramp up that afterburn effect, “you get more bang for your buck in the long term,” she says. “Muscle is the most metabolically active tissue, so the more of it we have, the more effective we are at burning calories all day long.”