Cardio 👏🏻 Is 👏🏻 Not 👏🏻Good👏🏻For 👏🏻Fat loss
This lovely young lady came to me in the spring of last year for nutrition coaching. At the time, she had been eating a very “healthy” plant based diet and exercising consistently, yet was discouraged by her difficulty to lose the stubborn body fat around her midsection.
Come to find out, she was engaging in frequent episodes of overeating, which were largely the result of extreme hunger. I chalked this up to her exercise routine, which consisted of running long distances multiple times per week, along with some yoga. Despite my encouragement, she had absolutely no desire to incorporate strength training.
She saw some results and eventually decided she had learned enough to try things on her own.
Fast forward four months and she was once again frustrated with her lack of progress despite doing crazy amounts of activity. She decided to finally take my advice to add in some lifting and contacted me to write up her workouts.
I was blown away when she sent me the pictures of her progress.
The picture on the left was from the end of August when she was running 8+ miles multiple times per week and hiking 14 miles on other days. The picture on the right is from last week after 3 months of weight training 4x per week, downhill skiing for enjoyment, and NO cardio.
She didn’t consciously decrease her calories, but she did start naturally eating less because her appetite regulated and she was no longer hungry all the time.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Cardio is not a suitable or sustainable approach to fat loss or physique change. Sure you can lose weight, but if you aren’t also strength training, you’ll also lose muscle mass. The result is a smaller, less toned version of your former self.
And while it doesn’t happen in everyone, I’ve talked to enough women to know that crazy amounts of cardio can absolutely increase hunger. If you can’t manage that and maintain a calorie deficit, you WILL NOT LOSE BODY FAT. Period.
If you’ve been unsure about lifting weights, I hope this inspires you to start. It’s definitely a game changer.