The fast way to lose weight

The Hidden Truth About Cardio

How your daily gut busting routine may actually be preventing weight loss and pushing you closer to death

In western cultures like ours, countries like the U.S., UK, Australia, Canada and other European nations, what’s the first thing that anybody thinks of or tells you whenever the idea 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 of it, this makes sense, right? After all, you’re doing a lot of work and you’re sweating and breathing heavy. Surely running a few miles every day must be dissolving those unsightly LB’s 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…

Yes, cardio does burn calories, it’s true. And yes, some cardio is good for you. Light cardio promotes a healthy heart and increases your endurance. On the other hand, though… heavy cardio actually begins to have the opposite effects.

Before I get into why, let me give you a simple but common sense example. Imagine pre-historic Man. These men and women are running around the Paleolithic world chasing down antelope, red deer, aurox, bison and the occasional wooly 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 running down their food. All that cardio would burn through their energy reserves faster than they could replace them. Yet they didn’t starve to death… why?

For one thing, a lot of heavy cardio is hard on your knees and feet. Second, it’s also 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 many scientific studies were done on the subject.

As for losing weight, excessive cardio actually has the reverse 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 scarce. In modern times, of course, food isn’t really scarce, so this built in safety feature 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 switch 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 that’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 really about calories, as many diets and so-called fitness gurus 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 less calories than you consume, yet there’s so much more to it than that.

The biggest secret to weight loss isn’t running 10 miles every day, 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 10, 20 or even 30+ pounds in a single month without 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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Why is important to take a diet

If you are overweight, losing just 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can positively affect your health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, you need to do so in a healthy way, since starvation diets and diet pills can have unwanted side effects and even damage your health. Aim to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week through a combination of diet and exercise for the most health benefits.

Weight Loss

The most common reason for going on a diet is to lose weight. Eat fewer calories than you use during the day and you’ll lose weight. Add in exercise and you may also be able to improve your body composition, since the exercise will help you maintain your muscle so you lose mostly fat.

Lower Blood Pressure

Weight loss may help you lower your blood pressure levels, according to a study published in “Diabetes Care” in July 2011. Although improvements were greater in people who lost more weight, even those losing just 2 to 5 percent of their weight were more likely experience improvements in systolic blood pressure.

Lower Triglycerides

Your body uses triglycerides to store any extra calories you consume, but having high levels can increase your risk for heart problems. The July 2011 “Diabetes Care” study found that losing at least 5 percent of body weight may help lower your triglyceride levels.

Improved Cholesterol Ratio

Losing a small amount of weight may help you improve your cholesterol numbers by increasing your high-density lipoprotein, or good cholesterol, according to the July 2011 study in “Diabetes Care.” However, losing less than 10 percent of body weight didn’t significantly impact low-density lipoprotein, the bad cholesterol, in this study.

Decreased Heart Disease Risk

Since having high blood pressure, high triglycerides and high cholesterol increases your risk for heart disease, improving these numbers lowers your risk for this condition, which is one of the most common causes of death for people in the United States. If you tend to carry your weight around your waist, losing some of this weight is particularly beneficial, since having a large waist circumference is associated with an increased risk for heart disease.

Improved Survival Rates for People With Heart Disease

If you already suffer from heart disease, losing weight may make future heart attacks or strokes less likely and help you live longer, even if you are still overweight after your weight loss, according to a study published in the “European Journal of Preventive Cardiology” in June 2008.

Lower Blood Glucose Levels

Losing at least a little weight can make it easier for diabetics to control their disease, since decreasing your weight can help lower your blood glucose levels, according to the 2011 “Diabetes Care” study.

Decreased Diabetes Risk

Better blood glucose control, as a result of weight loss, can decrease your risk for Type 2 diabetes. In a study published in September 2006 in “Diabetes Care,” each 2.2 pounds participants lost led to a 16 percent decrease in their risk for Type 2 diabetes.

Improved Mood

Not only will you look better, but you may also feel better if you lose weight. Studies performed using participants of the National Weight Control Registry have found that weight loss may also lead to improvements in mood.

Higher Energy Levels

The National Weight Control Registry studies also noted that people who have lost weight tend to have more energy. This extra energy may make it easier for you to do the exercise that can help you maintain your weight loss and get in better shape.