I used to be shocked at the number of people I saw in the gym who put so much time into cardio workouts without seeing any results. Many of these people are putting forth much more effort than me, but don’t have the results to show for it. I feel bad, because I know their challenge comes down to diet. Did you know that the type of cardio you do, can play a big role in your craving for food? It is possible that many people are sabotaging their ability to lose body fat, by choosing a type of cardio that makes them desperately crave food.
[Have you ever been so hungry that you ate everything in sight? I have had problems with hunger in the past, but adjusting my cardio has helped a ton in this regards. The wrong type of cardio can make dieting a tough deal!]
Cardio Compensation – Eating More Calories Than You Burned
Some people have a tendency to crave more food after a cardio workout and “compensate” for their calories burned. They may burn 300 calories each and every cardio workout, but increase their daily calorie intake to make up for those calories burned. This is why a large percentage of people doing cardio workouts, get stuck at the same weight for long periods of time. Note: Studies have shown that longer, steady state cardio workouts are the type of workouts shown to increase craving for food (in some people).
Willpower Plays a Role, By Why Torture Yourself?
It takes a certain amount of willpower and discipline to lose weight, but why make this harder than necessary. What if there was a way to burn a lot of calories in your workout without having stronger-than-normal food cravings? There is!
Interval Training Has Been Shown to Reduce the Appetite
I’m a big fan of interval training for fat loss. Things like HIIT and body weight circuits are an extremely efficient way to jack up your metabolism and drop body fat quickly…they can also reduce your appetite! Australian Professor Steve Boucher has shown in research that interval training increases hormones called catecholamines. These hormones actually reduce your appetite. So instead of compensating with calories, you eat less than normal.
Reminder…You Can Lose Fat Without Cardio
To be honest, if you were on a strict diet you could get as lean as you wanted without cardio or any type of interval work. Believe it or not, it doesn’t require typical “fat burning exercise” to lose body fat. I recommend intervals as a way to stay healthy while getting lean and to experience quicker results, but it really isn’t mandatory. If you were crunched for time, you could 2-3 resistance training workouts each week and diet hard and get pretty darn lean. The resistance training would insure that you maintain muscle while on a low calorie diet.
Intervals and Cardio Should Just Speed Along the Process
I like to look at intervals and cardio workouts as a way to accelerate fat loss results that are already happening. My outlook is that my diet is already getting the job done, but the intervals and cardio are going to help me reach my goals much quicker than diet alone…plus I like being “in shape”. I think this is different than how a lot of people view exercise when it comes to fat loss.
Your Workouts Should Not Cause You to Crave More Food
If your workouts are causing you to crave much more food than normal, you may want to consider changing things up. Another thing that happens is that many people use exercise as an excuse to eat more calories. If you do this, then you will always have a tough time getting lean. My suggestion is to eat “as if” you weren’t going to do intervals and cardio…but add in intervals and cardio to turbo-charge your fat loss results.
A Way to Do Steady State Cardio Without The Food Cravings
People who have read my blog for a while know that I recommend 15 minutes of Interval Training followed by 15-20 minutes of steady state cardio. I’ve outlined this approach in a few pages in this online mini-course. Besides the add fat burning this combo provides, the intervals insure the release of catecholamines…which should reduce your appetite.
Note: Some people have the ability to do long cardio workouts without craving extra food. This post is just geared towards people who have an increased appetite from exercising. Also, I’m a big fan of intervals, HIIT, and cardio…done strategically with the proper diet is the best way to quickly and easily get lean.
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