Surprise, Surprise! Why Cardio Alone Won’t Help You Lose Weight

By Shane YoungJuly 22, 2015

Have you been doing long, boring cardio only to find that you haven’t lost an ounce? How many of you have spent countless hours running or using an elliptical trainer without much to prove other than an insatiable appetite?

If you’re anything like most Americans, you’ve probably been led to believe that cardio is the key to dramatic weight loss. In fact, millions of us spend hours each week on treadmills, stair steppers, bikes, and ellipticals with the hopes of losing weight and keeping it off.

Amping up the cardio in order to lose weight is a common misconception and you don’t need to spend hours on the treadmill in order to achieve significant weight loss results.

Now, I don’t hate cardio or anything. And if you plan to run a marathon, then you NEED cardio. However,  if you’re trying to get stronger, leaner, and drop fat, cardio is not the most efficient way to do that.

In fact, cardio can actually sabotage your weight loss goals. In addition to increasing one’s appetite and subsequent food intake, cardio increases the secretion of the stress hormone, cortisol, and absolutely crushes the thyroid’s production of T3 hormone. This leads to one thing: fat gain. And in long durations, cardio can decrease muscle mass, which decreases your body’s natural metabolism. Yikes.

Let’s take a step back: I’m not telling you to eliminate cardiovascular exercise entirely and it certainly has a place in every well rounded fitness program. What I am emphasizing is that cardio should be part of a balanced, holistic program that includes strength training, high intensity interval training, and proper nutrition.

I’ve said this before: you can’t out-train a bad diet. Likewise, you can’t just expect to run for hours and lose weight. The key to losing body fat and building lean muscle is strength and interval training which helps boost your metabolism and burn more calories when your body is at rest. Talk about maximum efficiency. The actual weight loss happens when you’re not even trying!

Building lean muscle mass through resistance training works because muscle burns fat, builds strength, sculpts the body, and prevents disease; it basically turns your body into a calorie burning machine for hours after a workout. Time and time again, research proves that people who lift weights have a lower fat mass percentage than those who only do aerobic exercise.

At Ascend Body, we’re not about wasting time. We’re here to help you get leaner, faster.

Let’s bust this myth once and for all with our proven functional strength training workouts and individualized nutritional coaching. Come #Ascend with us to a higher and leaner level.


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