At the gym, the other day I saw a woman running ridiculously fast on the treadmill, her arms and legs stick-skinny with hardly any muscle. Yet, she had a fair amount of belly fat. From the ribs up, and the legs down, she looked anorexic. If you only saw her stomach, you would have thought she was overweight.
Researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, in Louisiana conducted a study that “…found that steady state cardio…. jogging, stationary cycling, rowing…added almost nothing to the weight loss equation” (1). Yes, this is just one study, but a personal trainer told a client the same thing: if you want to lose weight, don’t run because you’re going to lose muscle, not the belly fat.
A friend of mine who didn’t do any exercise, started running. Now she runs 5-7 miles, 1-2 times a week and she hasn’t lost any body fat, which was the sole purpose of her taking up running. If you hate long-distance running, this is great news, you can give it up. If you love running, try sprints instead. My trainer has me do 30-seconds of intense cardio between weight-lifting sets, which is fun. Now you don’t have to do long boring cardio sessions, just do short bouts, but give it everything you got.
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- Source: Team Beachbody blog posted 3/16/16 titled: How to Lose Weight, Not Muscle, written by Andrew Heffernan http://www.teambeachbody.com/teambeachbodyblog/fitness/how-to-lose-weight-not-muscle?tracking=EML_NL_20160417&code=EML_NL_20160417&subkey=NINAWK@EARTHLINK.NET&ep_mid=2846550&ep_rid=112113996&ctid=10147854896&cid=NL-AUT-TBB-MULTI-TBBNL-20160205&mid=932163734&aid=NL-AUT-TBB-MULTI-TBBNL-20160205-TBBNL&offer=AC2