How Cardio Makes You Fat
Hi, I’m Ivana Chapman and today I’m going to talk to you about how cardio makes you fat.
Okay so when I’m talking about cardio, I’m talking about steady state things like cross trainers for like half an hour or biking and the main one of course is running or jogging. So you’re jogging quite slowly for about 30 minutes. Some people do it for an hour or two hours, that kind of thing. So this type of cardio makes you fat in a couple different ways.
The first one is that it burns your muscle mass away and muscle is a very highly active metabolic tissue so it’s burning a lot of calories all the time so it’s making your body very efficient. If you start burning that away with cardio, then you’re basically slowing down your metabolic rate, you won’t be able to eat as much and then you’re going to find if you continue eating the same amount, you’re going to get fatter and fatter.
Now the second way is that in the running community in particular, there’s this real thing about eating carbs, carbs, carbs and making sure you fuel your runs. Well that’s not really what you want to do if you want to burn fat. You want to get leaner so you want to get your body to actually burn the fat. So if you’re fueling yourself with a lot of carbs before, during and after your run, which is usually what they recommend for recreational runners, then you’re basically not giving your body a chance to burn any of the fat that’s there because it’s busy burning away all those carbs that you’re taking in and also if you’re doing excessive cardio, it’s going to make you very, very hungry so you’re probably going to eat a lot more in the way of calories and in the way of carbs than you really need to.
So if you want to get lean, drop all that excessive cardio. Not to say you can’t do it at all, but the best thing to do is weight training, high intensity interval training and sprint training. That’s going to get you lean. Hopefully that helps you out.
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