In western cultures such as the UK, U.S., Canada, Australia, and European countries, what’s the first thing that anybody thinks of or tells you whenever the subject of weight loss is brought up? "You’ve got to hit the treadmill, exercise bike or the streets and burn those calories!"
On the surface, this makes sense, right? After all, you’re doing a lot of work and you’re breathing heavily and sweating. Undoubtedly, running a few miles every day must be melting those unsightly pounds like crazy, right?
Would you be surprised to hear that this is actually wrong?
No, I’m not crazy – let me lay it out for you...
It’s true, cardio does burn calories. And yes, some cardio is beneficial for you. Light cardio supports a healthy heart and improves your endurance. On the other hand though... heavy cardio actually starts to have the opposite effects.
Before I get into why, let me give you a simple but sensible example. Imagine pre-historic humans. These men and women are running around the Paleolithic world chasing down red deer, antelope, bison, aurochs, and the occasional woolly mammoth. Most of their diet comes from animal protein and what edible plants they can scrounge.
Well, if cardio was so great for losing weight, these people would simply starve to death while chasing their food. All that cardio would burn through their energy reserves quicker than they could replenish them. Yet they didn’t starve to death... why?
For one thing, a lot of intense cardio is hard on your knees and feet. Second, it’s hard on the heart. Too much cardio actually begins to add scar tissue to your heart and increases your rate of heart attack. We didn’t realize that for a while until multiple scientific studies were done on the subject.
As for losing weight, excessive cardio actually has the opposite effect and here’s why. Our bodies are genetically designed to survive. Our body’s job is to store energy as fuel both for its immediate use and in the form of fat for those times when food is limited. In modern times, of course, food isn’t really scarce, so this built-in safety mechanism is rarely needed.
However, when you deprive your body of the nutrients it requires, either by starving yourself on some crazy diet or by over-taxing your body with lots of cardio, it begins to shift into survival mode.
Additionally, and unfortunately, with heavy cardio, your body also becomes anabolic.
This means that it begins to burn the most effective source of energy first – and it's not fat... it’s your muscle. Take a good look at some of these chronic long-distance runners, who compete. Many of them are kind of stringy looking and have to pack in the carbs just to maintain their muscle mass.
You want your body to burn fat, not muscle, obviously. It’s not actually about calories, as many diets and so-called fitness experts try to make you believe. Calories are only a means of measuring food energy. Yes, if you want to lose weight, you must take in fewer calories than you consume, yet there’s so much more to it than that.
The greatest secret to weight loss isn’t run10 miles daily, starving yourself or even avoiding some of your favorite carbs, believe it or not. In fact, if you’re going to lose weight properly, it’s actually important that you do eat some of your favorite foods!
I know that sounds crazy, too – but it’s absolutely true, and I can prove it to you! If you know how to use your body’s natural processes to your advantage, it’s entirely possible to lose more than 10 pounds in a single month without the starvation diets, gut-wrenching cardio, ridiculous workouts and eating anything gross! It’s true and I can show you the science to prove it!
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