So I'm doing a cardio session once a week, about 60 minutes, that looks like this:

  • 20 min cycling
  • 20min Running (outside or on the treadmill)
  • 20min Cross trainer

Does this session help me in losing body fat? Or should i focus more on doing one of those things but for a longer time? I also heard about High Interval training, how about this?

Thanks for your help :)

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This will help you lose body fat although this is highly dependent on your diet. If you are keeping your heart rate elevated and not leaving large gaps between each 20 minute session then you should drop body fat. You'll need to strategically reduce the amount of carbs you consume and cut out the foods with bad fats in them. 1 x 60 min session a week may not be enough for this. Again though this is highly dependent on your diet

Here is a great article to read with tips for losing body fat:


  • Why reduce carbs? Wouldn't it make more sense to reduce calories?
    – rrirower
    Feb 10, 2016 at 14:28
  • Well yes you could do that, but from the sounds of it our poster isn't very active with only one sixty minute session a week. Perhaps I am wrong in assuming this but I am going with what the information that the user has posted to us. Carbs when eaten in excess or at the wrong time of the day will definitely add to your body fat. This is why the word "strategically" was used in my previous post. I am not saying cut them out I am saying reduce them if your lifestyle is sedentary.
    – Caolan
    Feb 10, 2016 at 15:09
  • Weight loss is completely independent of macro-nutrient ratios. It only depends on consuming fewer calories than calories expended throughout the day (TDEE). Fat loss is more dependent on maintaining a smaller calorie deficit (10%-20% under TDEE) than macro ratios. In the end it doesn't matter if you follow a vegan diet (and thus have relatively high carbs), a ketogenic diet (hardly any carbs), or a balanced diet, as long as you eat below your TDEE you'll lose fat.
    – Alex L
    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:13
  • @rrirower It would make the most sense to reduce the amount of energy intake. Which is called calories by senseless people, because it should be called kilocalories. ;-)
    – klaar
    Feb 11, 2016 at 7:49
  • @klaar: 1 food calorie is a kilocalorie. Both ways of saying it are equally correct.
    – Alex L
    Feb 12, 2016 at 0:42

Instead of having one session once a week try 30 min sessions 3 times a week. It will help you more than 1 session per week. During off days try to be active (walk, cruise around, do not use elevator etc) for at least 30 minutes. On diet part watch you total caloric intake especially from carbs as Caolan mentioned that we all mostly prone to consume.

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