The truth about cardio and weight training
That’s one reason you should change your workout every couple weeks, but this is particularly true when it comes to cardio vascular workouts for weight reduction. Allow me to give you a couple of numbers to take into account.
Let us say that you traditionally do a cardio workout for about 45 minutes 3-6 days per week and that burns about 400 calories. Sounds great, right? However, the thing you do not see is that each and every time you do that exercise, your body is adapting to this exercise, so you burn fewer and fewer calories each time you do it.
In my opinion, it is lazy and uninformed personal trainers, nutritionists, medical professionals and some other medical professional who are those who ought to be ashamed and feel dumb for not doing the job and actually help the men and women who come to them seeking help.
Before I burn bridges, allow me to go over some reason why cardio workouts for fat loss are the most overrated sort of exercise known to man (followed closely by crunches).
The ‘fat burning zone’ doesn’t exist.
This is one of my favourite cardio workout for weight loss myths since it’s a fairly skewed way of looking at science. Yes, your body will not burn a higher proportion of fat in a particular heart rate, or working zone, but who cares. When I am sitting on my butt in front of the TV, my body is burning a greater percentage of body fat than it is when I am working my tail off doing a fat burning exercise, but it doesn’t mean I am burning more fat. The important word is ‘percent’.
So stop putting all of your faith in the treadmill, elliptical trainer, stationary bike and stair-stepper and stop moving right to the cardio area in the gym after you walk into the door because that’s not the best way to eliminate fat.
When you think about cardio for weight loss, how long do you feel you will need to do it? Most people that I come across often think you will need to do it for no less than 30 minutes and a few even go so far as to say you will need to do it for 60-90 minutes A DAY to have any kind of weight loss advantage. Do you truly have 60 minutes of free time to dedicate to an unsuccessful cardio workout?
Fat loss isn’t something which ought to suck away all your spare time!
Do you wish to burn a greater percentage of fat, or simply more fat? If you are like most people you only need to burn more fat and you could not care less what the percentage of fat calories would be to polyunsaturated calories. The resistance training should not take long and should involve plenty of full body workouts and full body exercises.
Conventional cardio workouts for weight loss are a massive time waster.
So after a couple weeks time, rather than burning 400 calories, you are burning 380. You can take out that farther and say in a few months time you are just burning about 300 calories.
But how can you fix that issue? The objective is to burn off more calories, not less right? To repair it, you would either need to perform your cardio for a longer time period, or work harder in that 45 minutes. Sounds good. . .but remember, you are working harder and going more time to turn the same number of calories you’ve burned a couple of months ago, when you were not working as hard.
Call me crazy, but I do not think that is the goal you’re searching for.
Cardio does work to drop fat. Cardio is wonderful for overall health, heart health, and only getting you up off your butt. But when it comes to losing weight fast, particularly for busy moms and dads, cardio workouts are extremely, very overrated. Is that sacrilegious to get a coach to state cardio is overrated or does not work that?