The Truth About Cardio
Written by: Brandon Epstein
The truth about cardio is… you don’t need to do it to lose fat!
Recently, our man (founder of Fitlife.tv) Drew Canole was visiting my home base down here in Medellin, Colombia.
Naturally, about 30 seconds into our conversation, I began to prod him with questions about what he was doing to stay so lean. I mean, come on, the man has ab veins. I had to ask!
My first question was “how much cardio are you doing everyday?”
To my surprise, he said “right now, none” and went on to explain how the closest thing to cardio that he was doing was “lifting weights faster.”
Keep in mind he also went on to explain that, for general health reasons, he was going to start incorporating some cardio into his routine in the coming weeks.
But nonetheless, he was straight ripped and wasn’t doing any cardio.
What the heck is going on here?
Is it just me, or do you see just about every blog and fitness magazine out there trying to sell you on the next best cardio routine? Granted, cardio speeds up the fat loss process, but it is not necessary if you are purely going after a beautiful aesthetic body.
With that being said, if you just love a good cardio workout, here is one you can try out (no equipment needed).
So, if cardio is not mandatory for fat loss, what is?
Three main things affect fat loss the most:
1. The food you put in your body.
2. The movement or exercise you participate in.
3. The general self-care you participate in.
When it comes to food, I recommend eating a whole food diet (preferably organic) that is balanced with all 3 macronutrients – carbohydrates, fats and protein. I also recommend eating a ton of greens to keep your body alkalized and firing on all cylinders. Here is a shortcut to getting all your greens in every day.
Just like Drew does, I highly recommend adding strength training to your exercise routine. Believe it or not, you get more bang for your buck when you do strength training versus cardio. You can learn exactly how this works here.
Finally, self-care is hugely important, because it directly affects your hormones. If your hormones are out of whack, you will find it very difficult to lose weight. I would recommend making sure you are getting enough sleep every night, doing an activity to destress (like meditation) and making sure your gut health is on point.
Let’s face it, there is a ton you can be doing to keep fat off and live the healthiest life possible. The popular belief is that the best way to do this is by killing yourself with excessive cardio every day. Cardio in moderation is in fact good for your general health, but hopefully after reading this article, you are a little more tuned into what is going to give you the greatest results for the time you choose to invest in these types of activities.
Now that you are so much wiser; here is my challenge to you. What action that I just mentioned could you commit more to over the coming week? Eating healthier? Incorporating strength training? More self-care?
Share this article with someone you care about and take on this challenge together! Let me know how it goes in the comments below.
Brandon Epstein is a former college football player, turned professional fitness model and serial entrepreneur. These days he spends his time helping people look great and feel awesome over at ZenDudeFitness.com. He can also be found hosting the Zen Dude Fitness Podcast where he’s always looking for new ways to make fat loss fun, simple and efficient for everybody.
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