Do I have your attention now? Because, as everyone knows … cardio sucks.

Remember when the criteria for a good exercise plan was measured by how many hours you spent on the treadmill, exercise bike or elliptical machine?

The idea that, “Aerobic Exercise Will Help You Lose Fat?”

It was a big lie.

The truth is, the effect of regular aerobic exercise on body fat is negligible.

Now, aerobic exercise – when DONE RIGHT – certainly has other benefits. Such as cardiovascular health, mental & emotional health, and more.

I’m not discounting its value. Just saying this shouldn’t be your only form of exercise.

Here’s one of my favorite examples from the copious amounts of scientific research available on this topic in the exercise science field:

A 2012 study compared the effect of aerobic exercise for 30 vs. 60 minutes a day, 6 days a week for 13 weeks, and found that both groups lost a similar amount of body fat. And the 30-minute group actually lost slightly more at 4 kg compared to 3.8 kg in the 60-minute group. Researchers concluded that aerobic exercise is “a poor weight management” strategy.

What?

Yeah … you’ve been lied to.

The best way to get more “tone” – that’s a word I hate, but most people understand it to mean “less fat” – is to perform progressive strength training 2-3 times per week, and sprinkle in a few short bursts of high-intensity cardiovascular exercise.

Not endless miles on the bike or treadmill.

Aerobic exercise is a fat trap because the purpose of doing it is to train the body to be as efficient as possible. The body adapts quickly to repetitive aerobic exercise with the goal of using the least amount of oxygen and energy to perform the greatest amount of work. Nothing about aerobic exercise supports long-term fat loss.

Regularly lifting weights and performing short, intense bouts of cardiovascular exercise have been scientifically proven to be more effective.

Oh … and more fun, too.

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