Low-Intensity Stead State (LISS) cardio is great for fat loss.
In fact, when I’m trying to lose weight, towards the end of my weight loss phase, I add more LISS cardio and reduce the amount of HIIT I do.
This is because, as the months go on, when trying to lose weight, you get hungrier, and it’s harder to stick to your diet.
Add HIIT and other intense cardio workouts in and it’ll just get even harder.
This is why Low-Intensity cardio sessions work great.
You don’t get as hungry, they are (usually) low-impact and therefore, don’t impact recovery and you still burn calories.
The only problem is that it takes a long time to burn those calories.
That is the only con about it.
Anyhoo, let’s talk about a common way to perform LISS for fat loss.
Walking – Best Form of HIIT
Walking is my favorite form of cardio. Not just LISS. My favorite form of cardio, period.
Whether you do it at the park or on the treadmill, it’s easy and doesn’t impact recovery, which is important if you do heavy squats and deadlifts as I do.
However, it takes walking a couple of miles to burn any significant amount of calories.
Walking a couple of miles can take 1-2 hours.
I like to be efficient, so I invested in an under-desk treadmill, specifically made for walking.
I talk more about it here if you’re interested:
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Either way, you can walk outside, on the treadmill at the gym, or while working, as I do and as I write this very blog post:D
That being said, I still love another form of cardio, running.
Jogging – 2nd Favorite
Jogging is another favorite LISS cardio session I love.
My definition of jogging and running are different.
If we talk in terms of a treadmill, jogging would be 5-6 MPH whereas running would be anything about 6 MPH.
Jogging is a slow run.
For example, if I went on a LISS-style jog for 3 miles, then my jog would be slow.
I wouldn’t be trying to run my fasting mile time or anything.
I would just try to get those 3 miles in at a comfortable pace.
Hope this makes sense.
This also goes for any other cardio machine/workout.
You could do this for the:
- Stair Master Machine
If you have any questions, let me know in the comments!