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Can you lose weight with cardio exercise?

The short answer is yes.

Then why do commercials say you are wasting your time just doing cardio on the elliptical or treadmill, while basketball players and runners look so thin?

The short answer is they want your money and are leaving details out by saying you won’t lose weight doing cardio to hook you to listen in and buy their products.

There are 3 main ways I’ve lost weight, here is my article on those methods. One method that worked was to do cardio and watch my calories. I am a certified weight loss therapist and member of IAOTH.

They tell you cardio is a “waste of time” to hook you into listening, becoming attached, convinced they are an expert and to buy. After you’ve bought it they tell you what you don’t want to hear, to watch your calories. Essentially the detail in the videos they leave out is you have to watch your caloric intake when you exercise, otherwise with no caloric deficit, cardio, HIIT or anything else won’t help you lose fat.

The main successful method of weight loss regardless of how many details different people trying to sell you plans try to confuse you with is to have a calorie deficit. You already know that I’m sure, but many commercials and other articles confuse you and skew you off your path in hopes to sell you their products. So what these plans are leaving out in their commercials but eventually tell you when you buy it is that you have to watch your calories. Doing a lot of cardio without watching your calories probably wouldn’t help you very much if you’re not ending up in a deficit, that is true, however you don’t have to be a mega weightlifter to lose weight. You can lose fat not doing any exercise at all and most of the weight I’ve lost is strictly watching my diet.

I talked about the three methods that I’ve actually used to lost weight and my article here if you want to look at the details. I hope you found this useful to clear out the confusing clutter that a lot of commercials try to hook you with. Cardio can be very useful in burning calories and burning fat, don’t leave it out of your regimen if you plan on using exercise in your weight loss journey. It’s also good for the heart, hence the term “cardio”.

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Top 3 beliefs about Weight Loss that are False

I’ve lost 130 pounds in my life. I see the same commercials you do, even tried some of the plans that sell you on the dreams of floating through life eating what you want, magically being able to use moderation and eat that chocolate cake (there is a reason why you can’t), and never being hungry only to find when you wake up in the morning you are 50 pounds thinner!

If you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I want to sell you. No really, it’s in the back, let me show you.

To cut to the chase, these plans are selling you on dreams. They are marketing ploys. They have listened to the common complaints and questions and are trying to sell you their product. Tried some of them, they don’t work. Here is what did work that helped me lose 130 pounds. Here is what my top 3 untruths that diet plans try to sell people.

1. That you’ll never be hungry. “Just eat more fat, don’t be hungry, and you’ll lose fat!” False. In every plan that I’ve used I was hungry at some point. Increasing fat never worked for me yet and may be why keto didn’t (although I do use Keto or low glycemic recipes to help me with my macros). You’ll be hungry, not all the time, but on occasion. Being hungry is a way for your body to signal to you it is using its fat reserves to function and to go find more. You want the body to use that fat instead of eating more food. You learn to be ok with with feeling a little hungry, you adapt and it no longer bothers you. You redirect your attention to something else. To be able to lose weight and never be hungry is a marketing ploy. Don’t expect to glide through weight loss without hunger and you’ll get past hurdles in your journey.

2. You don’t have to count calories. False. None of the plans worked when I didn’t count them. The plans that worked, I always counted them. If you’ve memorized them so you don’t have to count them and consistently eat the same things, that works. That works because you’ve counted them at some point and you know you are creating a caloric deficit. Some skinny girls can count the calories in their mind. Studies have shown that overweight people have the ability to forget what they’ve eaten in a day or be completely oblivious to how much they’ve eaten.(1) That is how weight gain starts, so a habit needs to be changed. You need to be more aware of what is going in your mouth.

3. Once I lose the weight I don’t have to diet again. If I do have to diet again, I’ve failed. False. Even skinny girls diet or detox. My Dad has always maintained his weight but I will hear from him that he “feels it” when he’s gained 2 or more pounds and will cut down on some foods for a short period of time. What I have found is they catch the weight gain within 2 to 5 pounds and nip it in the butt good before it is out of control. Overweight people let it slide for a lot longer or feel like a failure if they aren’t able to maintain magically for all time. Expect you’ll have to watch it after you lose all the weight and make adjustments. Be more in tune with you and your body, continue to get on the scale after you lose it, continue to measure and be mindful of the calories. Its how you lose it, its how you keep it off.

You think I gave you all you need to know? Kind of. I did clear the clutter of false advertising. You could take that and run with it and be successful, in theory.

However you also may run into psychological problems such as binge eating, hopelessness and spiritual problems such as being ungrounded, energies and entities that set you up to fail.

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Reference

1. Kessler, M.D., David. (2009) The End of Overeating. Taking control of the insatiable American appetite. New York, NY: Rodale.

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