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Fitness Myth: Marathon Cardio Sessions for Fat Loss

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Q&A with ShariFitness

Question:  How do you get someone who is super resistant to giving up marathon cardio sessions?

Answer:  Women have been programmed to believe 3 things when it comes to fat loss and they are so stuck in that mindset that they are resistant to change.

Myth #1 – If you want to lose weight, keep your mouth shut.  This advice actually has the opposite effect.  Too much of a caloric deficit, not consuming enough calories, puts your body into survival mode, slowing down your metabolism and makes your body hold on to body fat.  In addition, putting yourself into too much of a caloric deficit can cause you to reach for the wrong foods and can cause bingeing.

Myth #2 – You need to eat like a bird and eat bird food – This goes back to Myth #1.  You need variety in your diet to make sure that you’re getting enough nutrients in your body from the foods you eat.  You also need to eat plenty of lean protein to help build shapely muscle.

Myth #3 – To burn fat and lose weight, you need to do tons and tons of cardio.  This is what we’ve been conditioned to believe.  We’ve literally been brainwashed into believing this.  Tons of cardio isn’t going to shape your body.  Muscle is what gives your body shape.  Muscle is metabolic and burns fat.  To quote fitness and nutrition expert, JJ Virgin, “Muscle is your metabolic Spanx!”

Instead of doing marathon cardio sessions, integrate your strength training with plyometric exercises, aka burst training or H.I.I.T training.  Essentially, what you are doing is incorporating bodyweight exercises that get your heart rate up, but require you to use muscle which is a great way of getting cardiovascular benefits without being on a treadmill.  If you mix this with your strength training sessions, your heart rate will be up, and you’ll also be working your muscles.

A great program that incorporates this style of training are Craig Ballantyne’s TT Body Weight Cardio Workouts.

Remember, marathon cardio sessions does not build a lean shapely body.  The shapely body you’re looking to have comes from building muscle.  Muscle is what gives your body shape.  To build muscle, you need to hit the free weights (dumbbells, barbells, cable)

You need to drill that into your head and reprogram your thinking.  Muscle is what gives your body shape, not doing endless hours of marathon cardio.

DO incorporate Body Weight Cardio Exercises (aka, plyometric, burst or H.I.I.T) with strength training. Again, for fun, challenging, body weight cardio exercises that help you burn fat that you can mix in with strength training exercises, DO check out Craig Ballantyne’s TT Body Weight Cardio Workouts.

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  1. 2 Comment(s)

  2. By House Hold Sensors | Reply

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  3. By Wayne | Reply

    Really great points,especially point number 3. Muscle often gets ignored as a “metabolic booster” and people think they need to do more cardio instead. I think in general, lifting weights scares a lot of women because they are afraid that they are going to get bulky and look heavy. The fact is that muscle is more dense than fat, so they end up looking slimmer if they exchange a point of muscle for a pound of fat. Plus, another pound of muscle and they’ll burn an additional 40-50 extra calories everyday.

    Thanks for demystifying fat loss.

    Wayne

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