Voted the worst kind of exercise for fat loss and that toned body!!!
Before we get into the nitty gritty of the article let me just state that NO cardio exercise OR piece of cardio equipment has ever given anyone six pack abs.
So why has cardio gotten the rotten vote?
Well first, it’s boring. I mean, who actually enjoys sitting on an exercise bike or running on a treadmill for 45 minutes? Not many people.
But much more important than that, it fails to produce fat loss RESULTS. Are there health benefits? Sure. But you can get those same health benefits (and more) with much shorter, much more exciting, and invigorating workouts. More on that in a minute…
But first, here’s what research has to say about cardio:
Utter AC, et al. Influence of diet and/or exercise on body composition and cardiorespiratory fitness in obese women. Int J Sport Nutr. 1998 Sep;8(3):213-22.
-In this 3 month study, women did 45 minutes of cardio a day, 5 days a week, and lost no more weight than those who dieted alone! Seems like a royal waste of time to me!
But perhaps this one study was a fluke? Nope!
Redman et al. Effect of calorie restriction with or without exercise on body composition and fat distribution. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2007 Jan 2.
-In this study, subjects did 50 minutes of cardio, 5 days a week, and once again lost no more weight than those who dieted alone!
Well, maybe if they increase it to a full HOUR of cardio a day, SIX days a week, then cardio will actual produce substantial results? No again!
McTiernan et al. Exercise Effect on Weight and Body Fat in Men and Women. Obesity 2007 June – 15:1496-1512.
-Over the course of this one year study, subjects performed aerobic exercise for 60 minutes a day, 6 whopping days a week (who even has TIME for that?) and lost only 1.5kgs of fat on average in an entire YEAR!
1.5kgs of fat loss after an HOUR of exercise, nearly every day, for an ENTIRE year. Man, oh man, cardio really is the worst workout ever!
But as mentioned, there is a much better alternative, and that alternative lies in short, intense bouts of exercise.
In fact, a recent study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology found that 15 minutes of a circuit-style resistance training workout elevated metabolism for a full THREE days! And that’s only from 15 minutes!
Other studies have found similar results with interval style workouts as short as 4 minutes producing dramatically more fat loss than long, extended bouts of cardio.
Here’s an example body weight, short-burst exercise routine that you can try today to boost your metabolism and your fat loss results:
30 seconds of body weight squats
30 seconds of push ups
30 seconds jumping jacks
Repeat 4 times without resting.
That workout right there only takes SIX minutes and you’ll burn way more fat than you will with those long, drawn out, boring cardio sessions.
But here’s the real secret…
NO workout will ever help you lose fat unless you get your nutrition in order. Unfortunately, nutrition is an area where most people really struggle, and sticking to a “diet” long term can be near impossible.
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