Let me tell you straight that I prefer doing cardio post workout. Cardio workout is great for fat loss, but when is the best time to do your cardio workouts for maximum fat burning benefits.
You may hear different opinions on the subject, but that’s how I do it. I have discovered that this give the best results for me. I’ve tried all possible ways and time periods to do cardio, but this is when I feel it works best.
Make cardio a habit first and work on your time and intensity later. There is no ‘best’ cardio exercise.
Why? First of all if you decide to do cardio in the morning you may find out later on that you get very tired and sleepy during the second half of the day. If you try doing HIIT in the morning, then for sure your “batteries” will drop flat in the afternoon. However, right after training your heart rate is high and you have already depleted your glycogen stores, so it’s the perfect time to do cardio. I do both high and low intensity. Low intensity works better for me when done post-workout. It take much less time to enter the fat-burning zone, since the body is already depleted from glycogen and heart rate is pretty high, so the body starts using fatty acids as a main source of energy.
Post-workout I recommend anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes of low to medium intensity cardio.
In order to take a bigger advantage of the timing, make sure to take 2 grams of L-Carnitine before the workout and drink a cup of coffee. You can also add other useful supplements for fat burning, such as Yohimbine, Green Tea, Sesamin, and CLA. This supplements help to convert fat into energy during workout.
Also the better your body is supplied with oxygen, the better the fat burning process occurs. Last, but not least, make sure to eat 1-2 bananas and a protein shake after the workout and cardio in order to charge your glycogen depots and be ready to rock the gym the next day.