Do You Need Cardio to Lose Weight?

Do You Need Cardio to Lose Weight?


The answer is no

Ok the spoiler alert didn’t work, but I need to make something clear for the seventeen millionth time:

>>> Cardio has nothing to do with weight loss <<<

No I’m not upset or frustrated – it’s just that at TLF we get new people in every month. And ‘popular thinking’ has made these people believe the usual lies, like:

– Weights will make you bulky

– If you eat 1200 calories a day you’ll lose fat

– You need more cardio to lose weight

– Lamar Odom reads books

Lies. All of them. The cardio one is the worst of all.

You don’t need more cardio to lose weight. What you need, is more, and better food

No amount of exercise will ever match the amount of calories that is in bad food.

Yet to this day people still believe you can ‘burn off’ junk food. You can never out-train a bad diet. You train to build muscle, do cardio to build endurance, and eat to burn fat.

And weight loss comes from fat loss, and fat loss happens when you cut out sugar


With that said, what if you’re following your mealplan to the ‘t’, being perfect and doing proper exercise (weights and cardio).. but YOU’RE NOT LOSING WEIGHT?

That happens often.

Everyone is different, but the problem is probably one of the following:

– You’re not eating enough, which is causing your body to hold on to your stubborn fat

– You’re building some muscle, which is more dense than fat (usually first couple weeks after you start exercising).

– You’re not getting enough water/sleep/fats in. Not getting your omega 3’s in will make it a lot harder to lose weight.

– You’re not keeping a food journal

It could be any of the above, but if there was just 1 way to see results it would be to keep a food journal. You’ll never know what’s really going on until you write it down.

If I had a dime for every time someone sent me their food journal after they said ‘they were doing everything right’, and then I found weird foods like Cheez-it crackers.. if I had a dime for every time that happened. I would have like, 10 dollars.

Don’t get me wrong, cardio is great. You need it.

The right amount of cardio will greatly increase your heart health, and the right types of cardio will make your weightlifting sessions so much easier.

But it has nothing to do with weight loss.


P.S. I know, the ending of this email was so plain and anti-climactic. So off the top of my head, here are some ‘not so obvious’ bad foods you might want to skip to lose some weight:

– Unorganic milk (often so processed that all the nutrients are ‘dead’. And yeah you might have lactose intolerance, but probably not. If you feel bloated every time you drink milk, then try cutting it out for a week)

– Margarine (just get the grass-fed butter already, keep it real)

– Protein bars (most of them are disguised candy bars. If you do find one that’s legit, only eat it in emergencies. Like when you’re stuck on 59 with crying kids in the back of your car and you forgot to put almonds in the center console of your car)

– 100 calorie snacks (have no nutrients whatsoever)

– Shrimp (high cholesterol)

– Chipotle (you’re better than that)

– Anything Soy (raises estrogen, kills muscle)

– Bread (unless it’s sprouted, like Ezekiel)

– Any type of crackers or chips (eat almonds instead)

– Beans (cause gastric discomfort, and you’ll get enough fiber/protein in through veggies/meats)

– Fruit juice (because sugar)

– Agave (because sugar)

– Dried fruit (because sugar)

– Most yogurts (because sugar)

– Vitamin Waters (because sugar)

.. sugar is the enemy of fat loss. And skipping meals is the #1 sin of fat loss.

Hope this helped – forward it to some people you think might need it.

And by the way, we’re starting our next 28 Day Challenge November 30th. Stay tuned for more info.


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