What’s the best way to get rid of ugly belly fat? If you say “Long, slow cardio to burn as much fat as you can during your workout,” you’ve got it wrong.

I’ve written before in ETR about the futility of cardio. But there’s another argument to consider.

It’s well known in the workout world that women burn a greater percentage of fat during endurance exercise than men. It’s also clear that women have higher body fat percentages. In other words, women, despite burning more fat, have more fat. And men, who burn more carbohydrate, have LESS fat.

So, you see, it’s not all about how much fat you burn during your workout. That’s why I don’t recommend long, slow, boring “fat-burning-zone” cardio workouts. In fact, I have the opposite mindset when designing workouts for my clients. I want them to focus on burning carbohydrate instead. And you do that through intense exercise.

When you exercise intensely, you burn carbohydrate and put “turbulence” on the muscles. And you can do that with heavy resistance training or interval training.

So remember…

Burn CARBS not fat!

Short, intense exercise works better for fat loss and fitness.

[Ed. Note: It’s time to break out of the “long, slow cardio” exercise routine for good! Fitness expert Craig Ballantyne can help you burn carbs AND fat and build muscle with three 45-minute workouts a week. Learn how right here.

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Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men's Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift to high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he'll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at craigballantyne.com

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