Cardio is the only way to get those extra pounds off…
Cardio is a great way to stay healthy. It conditions the heart and lungs. It gives you something to do during your favorite TV. show, but it takes a bit more to lose that last little bit of weight. Cardiovascular training is a key component in weight loss, but not the only component. A well balanced weight loss and conditioning program will include weight training and nutrition as well as cardio training.
According to WedMD (http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/make-most-your-metabolism?page=2), weight training is very important to weight loss, because each pound of muscle burns about 17 times as many calories in a day as a pound of fat. A more efficient muscle means an increase in metabolism. I’m not saying to stop doing cardio, just balance the program with some weights.
When it comes to nutrition, I’ve seen plenty of individuals hit the cardio 2-3 hours a day and not lose a pound. You have to be eating clean and in a calorie deficit to drop the weight.
Here are a few tips:
- Don’t skip breakfast
- Get your mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks in
- Limit the alcohol when trying to lose weight
- Make dinner the lightest meal of the day
- Don’t snack after dinner.