If you are answering yes, you’re not alone. Answering yes to that question is the very thing that started me on my quest to find a faster and better way to get results.
The first thing you need to know is that your failed weight-loss attempts in the past are NOT YOUR FAULT. Almost everything you’ve been told by the media, big food companies, and Doctors in order to look young and be fit, lean, and strong is a misleading lie. In fact, probably everything you’ve learned is making you look older, more out of shape, tired, and makes your body retain fat and cellulite on your belly, hips, and thighs.
The Truth: There is absolutely no need to suffer for hours on the treadmill or injure yourself with repetitive workouts lifting heavy weight in a crowded gym. As a Physical Therapist – I personally know that these government recommended workouts stress your joints and ligaments, age your skin, and put you at risk of injuring your lower back, knees, and shoulders.
If your goal is to burn fat and look younger, then lengthy and boring cardio is not the answer. There is a better way to exercise where you don’t have to spend hours of your day in the gym so you can have more time doing what you really love.
A new article from the NY Times says, “…people who take up an exercise regimen wind up heavier afterward than they were at the start, with the weight gain due mostly to extra fat, not muscle.” In this study from Arizona State University, 81 overweight women did three slow cardio workouts of 30 minutes each week. At the end of 3 months, almost 70 percent of the women had gotten fatter (and some had gained 10 pounds of fat from doing this cardio program…YIKES!). Here are 5 of many reasons that long boring cardio causes you to put on fat:
“A recent study named the elliptical trainer the least accurate when it comes to calorie counting, with most machines overestimating your burn by 42 percent,” says Jay Cardiello, SHAPE fitness editor-at-large.
Your body wasn’t made to endure long boring cardio. A recent article in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that: Cardio causes immense oxidative damage and a flood of free radicals to the body.
(Cakir-Atabek, H., Demir, S., Pinarbassili, R., Bunduz, N. Effects of Different Resistance Training Intensity on Indices of Oxidative Stress. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. September 2010. 24(9), 2491-2498.)
If you could have the body you want in 50 minutes per week, instead of 300 minutes per week, wouldn’t you? Does this sound familiar?
You wake up in the morning with the best intentions to workout but you feel exhausted and stressed for time, so you skip it.
Later that morning you notice a new wrinkle on your face, more dimpled skin on your butt and thighs and feel ashamed of the person looking back at you in the mirror. You truly want to give up when you can’t button your pants that were once your comfortable and loose fitting pants. Yet another pair to put into the “tight pants” pile that seems to be growing bigger each week.
You wake up the next day facing a 45 to 60 minute workout and you simply can’t find the energy or time to do it. Your choose a different pair of pants and though you can button them this time, they cause unbearable muffin top and your favorite shirt is so tight it reveals embarrassing back fat and a stomach pooch. You’re frustrated, late, can’t find anything to wear, and to top it all off – you notice another new wrinkle has appeared on your face that you know was not there the day before.
This cycle repeats itself and the more and more you skip your workouts, the more tired and guilty you feel, the older you… Read more…