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Is cardio making you fat?

Lots and lots of people make this BIG mistake! Why? Because we are told if we want to lose weight we’ve got to burn calories by doing 30-40minutes of cardiovascular exercise 3- 4 times a week. Let me explain.
First of all you don’t want to lose weight you want to lose fat! To burn fat you need to boost your metabolism, cardio does not boost your metabolism, it burns calories but it doesn’t boost metabolism, in fact it can slow down your metabolism -yikes!
So how does cardio slow down metabolism, well, cardio exercise is catabolic in nature which means it breaks down muscle. Muscle is the most metabolically active tissue in the body, so why break it down? Breaking down muscle will reduce its ability to burn fat therefore reducing the body’s ability to burn fat.
So what should you do instead?
Well you should do resistance training, eg weights, bands, kettlebells, bodyweight exercise.
Why? Because resistance training will build muscle (don’t worry ladies we won’t bulk up, it’s not in our genetics to bulk, I promise!) and the more muscle you have the more fat you burn because muscle boosts metabolism, and as we’ve just learnt a high metabolism burns fat. Even better, with resistance training you don’t just boost metabolism during exercise you continue to have a higher metabolic rate for up to 2 days afterwards which means you are burning fat hours and days after you have finished exercising. Winner!
So my advice is if you want to lose fat use weights!
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