The big fat cardio myth explained
Those who extol the virtues of cardio exercise for weight-loss, in its many & various sweaty forms, are simply wrong. They obviously don’t understand the physiology of metabolism & fat loss.
Jumping up & down, running, swimming, cycling, most group fitness classes and anything else that makes you feel beasted, out of breath & sweaty, is great fun, but you won’t get that lean, ripped physique. Cardio alone, will not
create any significant improvements, due to insufficient overload. (H.E.A.V.Y weight).
Cardio is important, but when it comes to weight loss protocols, it’s role is secondary & almost insignificant. Think of Cardio as “enhancing” a fat loss program with added cardiovascular health benefits.
Sadly, if you are pounding your suburban pavements, in your valiant quest for leanness & six pack utopia, you are going to get very demoralised. Some large people initially do lose weight, just by moving and that is because they are shifting heavy body weight, but eventually they will plateau if cardio is their only form of exercise.
I do prescribe Cardio to my weight loss clients/patient referrals, but only in extraordinary circumstances would we do cardio in our 1:1 consultations. If your goal is fat loss and healthy body composition, we always prioritise & focus on resistance training.
Our clients eventually learn how to ignore all the asinine and mythical advice out there and they are educated on the basic principles of “why” the body stores fat and more importantly, “how” to coax the body into shedding it.
Achieving that shredded athletic look, is determined by a lowered body fat percent. The how is by adhering to an energy deficit (how much & what we eat) & building muscle mass. Scientifically this is only achieved, by progressively overloading the muscles (heavy weights) & subsequent muscle repair. Regardless of what you may have been told or believe, the equipment you need is in a gym or studio, and is too heavy to load up to cart to a mobile venue!
Consistent; daily; step-by-step actions of the above combination, is the scientifically prescribed recommendation for those seeking "sustainable weight loss outcomes".
Following fashionable fads, where macronutrient groups are excluded or demonised is not only terrible advice, this will also hinder your progress. When I hear people saying “I’ve cut out carbs”, implies ignorance - vegetables, fruits & many other nutritious food, are also carbohydrates . We will look at the carb myth and put that fallacy to bed in another forensic blog post.
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