3 Reasons Why We DO NOT Do “Cardio”

Here’s 3 shocking facts that reveal exactly why we DO NOT do long, slow, boring cardio (i.e. treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, etc) in my training program…

FACT 1

Cardio Makes You Gain Fat Around Your Belly, Thighs, Hips, and Legs

According to a study in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, people who performed intense cardio suffered from decreased T3 hormone production.

(Eur J Appl Physiol. 2003 Jan; 88(4-5):480-4.)

T3 is the hormone produced by your thyroid to burn fat. When you do cardio, your body reacts to the stress by suppressing this fat burning hormone. This means your body starts gaining fat immediately.

Why?

Because your body needs the fat to function.

But it gets worse…

Doing cardio also puts massive amounts of stress on your body.

According to a 2011 study in the scientific journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, cardio increases the stress hormone cortisol.

(Skoluda, N., Dettenborn, L., et al. Elevated Hair Cortisol Concentrations in Endurance Athletes. Psychoneuroendocrinology. September 2011.)

Cortisol is associated with heart disease, cancer and visceral belly fat. That’s the kind of fat that hangs around your waist and gives you that disgusting pear shape.

Even worse, you always end up eating more fat-gaining calories AFTER you work out which means that you gain more and more weight.

A 2008 study in the International Journal of Obesity found that, after cardio exercise, the subjects end up eating 100 calories more than they just burned off.

(Sonneville, K.R., et al. (2008) International Journal of Obesity. 32, S19-S27.)

FACT 2

Cardio DAMAGES Your Heart, Joints, and Back

Dr. Kenneth Cooper, the founder of aerobics, recently admitted that he was WRONG about cardio. In his latest book, he said there is “no correlation between ‘aerobic’ endurance performance and healthy, longevity or protection against heart disease.”

You see, cardio overworks your heart and can lead to death by massive heart attack, all because your body has not evolved to handle long, slow and boring cardio.

The man who ran the first marathon, the Greek soldier Pheidippides, dropped dead as he arrived in Athens with news of victory. We weren’t meant to run marathons.

FACT 3

Cardio Makes Your Entire Body Age Faster

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.)

Free radicals are molecules that cause rapid aging in your body. During cardio, your body is filled with free radicals that wander around your bloodstream and attack your cells like a street thug.

Not only do free radicals cause damage to all your organs…doing cardio also damages your skin and makes you look older.

Dr. Laurence Kirwan, a plastic surgeon, claims that cardio can damage facial tissue and cause skin to sag. You see, cardio actually ages your skin and gives you that leathery, unattractive wrinkled look before your time.

That’s why you see runners who are in their forties with a wrinkled face like a 60-year old sun-worshipper. Their skin sags down and their face is a wrinkled mess.

…pretty shocking stuff!

So that’s why we DO NOT do your typical long, slow, boring cardio routines in my program and instead, focus on short, intense “bursts”.

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Committed to YOUR fat loss success,

Ryan

 

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