Why You Should Ditch The Cardiovascular Exercise

Weight loss is simple. It’s also confusing.

The simplicity is the equation:

Calories Consumed – Calories Burned = Net Calories

If you eat more than you burn, then you get weight. If you eat less than you burn, then you lose weight.

But then, here comes the deluge of information:

1. BEST WAY TO LOSE 15 LBS

2. HOW ATKINS SAVED MY LIFE

3. HOW ATKINS RUINED MY LIFE

4. HOW I LOST FAT AND GAINED MUSCLE

etc. etc.

On every corner of the internet, you see it. On every aisle of the supermarket you’ll see it. From every person you talk to, you’ll hear it. Apparently, everyone is a weight loss expert, a dietitian, a personal trainer, and a life guru. They sit there at 30 lbs overweight, yet preach the best methods of weight loss.

If you’ve searched, you’ve heard of multiple different programs such as P90X, Insanity, CrossFit, etc. These programs can be effective and have been used effectively. But if you go back to the equation, you’ll just find that they burned more calories than you’ve consumed.

However, you begin to hear stories where people do insurmountable amounts of running and biking, yet still have that stubborn stomach fat. They feel like they’re active, yet they consider themselves “skinny fat.”

Well, as I’ve mentioned before, abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym. However, this statement is only 50% correct. Abs are really made in BOTH the gym and the kitchen. If you don’t have a good amount of muscle, you’ll never see that 6-pack.

But the problem is the general public doesn’t know that cardio is not optimized to build muscle. ┬áIt is great for burning calories: here’s a great website from nutristrategy.com that shows calories burned.

1. If you do too much cardio, instead of building muscle, your body looks for sources of energy and can EAT your muscles.

Have you seen the body types of marathon runner’s and cyclists? Many of them don’t feed their body and then their body uses all of their muscles and fat for energy. Which isn’t a bad thing, if you want that kind of body. But for the sake of getting a 6-pack, toned body, you’ll never get it.

This is why I advocate weight lifting and weight lifting only.

2. If you’re lifting AND doing cardio (such as a intensive activity like HIIT), you’re not giving your muscles sufficient time to rest. You’re overworking them.

HIIT (high intensity interval training) is effective in burning fat and raising your metabolism. However, if you’re doing both weight lifting and HIIT, your muscles are being deprived of the nutrition it needs to recover and instead, you’re working them harder. If you have over 20%+ of body fat, then you don’t have this problem. This is more for people who drop to below 20% body fat.

3. You have to continue doing cardio forever!

If you’re anything like me, you hate cardio. Cardio is viewed means to an end. It’s only purpose in your life is to lose some weight. Then stop. Take up weight training instead. When you’re 20 years older than you are now, you won’t be doing that cardio. Your joints and bones will most likely be weaker. It’s not long term. And you probably will end up eating the same amount or more. Once that cardio is dropped, you’ll begin to tip the scales to gain weight again.

The only time I advise you to cardio is if you love doing it. If you feel free and find an escape after a morning run, then do it. But if you torture yourself and have to tell your just one more mile, just a few more minutes, then just stop and stick to weight lifting. The cardio isn’t really help you THAT much anyways.

So ditch the cardio and stick to weight lifting.

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