According to The Wall Street Journal, you’re better off eating a greasy CHEESEBURGER than performing long bouts of this one particular exercise. Here’s why.
O.k. before you click away and start eating cheeseburgers, I want to explain why the Wall Street Journal made this claim that exercise is as bad as cheeseburgers.
Imagine never having to suffer through another boring cardio exercise again using the elliptical or treadmill.
And along with that, picture yourself being able to eat a juicy burger, all while enjoying the lean, sexy body you have been working so hard to achieve.
This might sound like a fantasy, but it’s not. In fact, I’m about to drop some knowledge on how this dream can become reality.
And yes, you’ll find out how cheeseburgers are better than long, slow cardio exercise on the treadmill when it comes to losing fat and building an amazing body.
It all starts with shocking scientific research.
The TRUTH about Cardio.
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.
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.
If cortisol and T3 weren’t bad enough…
During long, slow and boring cardio – your appetite also increases.
Have you ever CRAVED sugary food after you finish a long run?
I’m sure you have and it’s all because your body gets very greedy for food after you finish your cardio session.
In fact, your body overreacts to cardio like a dramatic teenager, causing you to eat more and more food.
Even worse, you always end up eating more fat-gaining calories AFTER you work out which means that you gain more and more weight.
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.)
Researchers have even found that people on a long term cardio plan actually GAIN weight instead of losing it.
A 2006 study in the International Journal of Obesity found that runners who ran the same distance or slightly more each week had LARGER waistlines at the end of the 9 year study.
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.
It’s a Fact, Cardio Makes You Fat, Tired, Unhappy and OLD
That’s exactly why cheeseburgers are better than treadmills for fat loss. You see, cheeseburgers aren’t the healthiest food choice…but they don’t do all the horrible things to your body that cardio does like:
- They don’t age you prematurely.
- They don’t destroy your joints.
- And if you eat cheeseburgers, in moderation, they certainly don’t destroy your body’s natural ability to burn fat and build muscle.
That’s probably why the Wall Street Journal claimed that cardio is as bad as cheeseburgers. But in reality, cardio is WORSE.
“If Long, Slow and Boring Cardio on the Elliptical or Treadmill is So Bad for Me, What Should I Do Instead?”
I’m glad you asked. Right now I’m going to show you exactly what you should be doing instead of cardio. I’m going to show you a very valuable secret that you can use to work out for only 20-30 minutes PER WEEK and get an amazing body.
This secret reverses the aging process, turns your body into a fat burning machine and you can do it in the comfort of your own home in just 3 short 20 minute sessions per week.
And it is FAST, EFFECTIVE and SAFE. You won’t damage your heart, you won’t AGE your body, and you’ll LOSE belly fat faster than ever.
But you must be okay with short bursts of intense exercise. If you’re not afraid of a little work for remarkable results, then I have the answer to your prayers.
In fact, you’ll finish your new workouts before the cardio crowd even starts sweating. You’ll rapidly lose fat and build lean, sexy muscle. And you’ll have a good time doing it. I promise, because I’ll be right there with you.
“So, What do I do Next?”
If you’re ready to ditch the long, slow, boring and DANGEROUS cardio and you’re ready to see how you can get results in just 30 minutes per week, short and intense body-weight intervals is your answer.
You’ll be able to Burn 50% MORE calories in half the time by applying interval cardio training. (Here’s aof 2 in my article series on the effectiveness of doing interval cardio.)
Now, I’d like to show you exactly why this interval training works so well.
You see, the latest scientific research is catching up to short bursts of exercise (interval training) that’s proven right and the cardio crowd dead wrong.
Here’s what smart scientists know.
Solution #1 Researchers at East Tennessee State University compared Turbulence Training-style workouts against long, slow and boring cardio.
After 8 weeks of training, they found that TT interval-style workouts burned 200% more fat than the long, slow boring cardio.
(King, J.W. East Tennessee State University, 2001.)
Solution #2 Interval TT Style Workouts
Another study, published in the prestigious journal Metabolism proved that TT Interval-style workouts burned 450% more body fat than traditional, long, slow and boring cardio.
(Tremblay A., et al. Metabolism (1994); 43(7):814-8.)
Solution #3 The After-Burn Effect
New research from The Journal of Sports Science showed that TT Interval-style workouts caused significantly higher “after-burn” than long, slow and boring cardio.
(LaForgia, J. et al. (2006) Journal of Sports Science, 24(12), 1247-64.)
In a 2006 study in the Journal of Applied Physiology, researchers found that in just 2 weeks of TT Interval-style workouts, whole body fat burning increased by 36% AFTER exercise.
That means for every minute of every day you’re burning 36% percent more calories. That translates into more fat burning while you’re sleeping, working and living your life. All because you used a workout that turned on your body’s “after-burn” effect.
Solution #4 Growth Hormone
One British study found that a TT Fat Loss-style workout boosted this fat melting hormone by 450%.
(Stokes, K. Journal of Sports Science. 2002 Jun: 20(6):487-94.)
That means more than 4 times the fat burning just from a single workout.
This “super-hormone” is Human Growth Hormone (HGH), and it’s the key to burning fat and staying lean and sexy all year round.
In fact, in a 6 week study published in the Journal of Physiology, scientists found that the TT Fat Loss-style workouts for 30 minutes per week was 65% more effective for fat burning than long cardio workouts.
(Burgomaster, K.A., et al. 2008. Journal of Physiology. 586(1), 151-60.)
I could go on and on but I think I made my point. TT Interval style workouts are far superior for fat loss than traditional cardio methods.
Take a look at this…
Just yesterday I received a comment on my Quora account about cardio.
You see, people are starting to realize that they are putting way to much effort into fat loss by doing long a boring cardio with little to no results.
Now that you know the truth about traditional cardio exercise and long bouts of running, here is part 2 of my interval cardio style workouts where you can choose 5 different yet effective intervals for RAPID fat loss=>
About the Author
Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and writes for Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers, and Oxygen magazines.
His trademarked Turbulence Training fat loss workouts have been featured multiple times in Men’s Fitness and Maximum Fitness magazines, and have helped thousands of men and women around the world lose fat, gain muscle, and get lean in less than 45 minutes three times per week.
For more information on the Turbulence Training workouts that will help you burn fat without long, slow cardio sessions or fancy equipment, visit Turbulence Training for Fat Loss