Does an Effective Weight Loss Program Require Burning Calories with Exercise?
Have you ever seen a runner/jogger smiling? Not very often, right? Let’s face it…most cardio exercise isn’t a lot of fun. That can make it particularly difficult to stay motivated. But you have to do cardio to really effectively lose weight, don’t you? Not true! You can lose weight without doing any cardio. Here’s how.
Recommendations for Losing Weight without Cardio
An effective long-term approach to weight loss and management does not require any exercise at all. The most important factors in getting to your ideal body weight include:
- Recalibrating your metabolism—Your body has all the resources you need to help you more efficiently burn calories…the wrong kinds of foods (such as processed foods and many supplements) can confuse your metabolism, negatively affecting its ability to help you burn fats. With guidance and the right food choices, you can reset your metabolism to maximum efficiency.
- Permanently changing behaviors around food—For many of us, food has a lot of emotional baggage tied to it. Changing those patterns typically takes time and assistance, but new behaviors can always be instilled, so that food loses much or most of its emotional attachment.
- Make certain you get enough sleep—Studies show that sleep deprivation is often tied to obesity or other weight challenges. Fatigue is often a factor in the inability to adhere to weight loss plans.
A caveat, though. We’re not saying that cardio can’t be part of an effective weight loss plan—it’s just not a requirement. Furthermore, to really lose weight and improve your health, you need to do the right kind of cardio. That’s because the best way to lose weight is to rid your body of unwanted fat. In addition to the actual reduction of body mass, you’ll also reduce the risk of such health challenges as diabetes, stroke and heart disease. If you engage in high intensity cardiovascular workouts, chances are you’ll be burning carbs, rather than fat—a counterproductive approach to weight loss. If you feel compelled to do cardio (or simply enjoy it), make those workouts lighter. Walk at a normal pace, take an easy ride on the stationary bike (or even on the road). That’s more likely to burn fat.
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