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    Cardio and Fat loss?

    Why does it seem that most people think cardio is a must to lose fat? Personally I find it much easier to manipulate diet. Because essentially with cardio arnt you trying to create more calories burned vs taken in, in that case just take in less calories...especially if you dont like cardio.

    If anyone thinks im completly wrong id like to know, and if someone knows why its better to do cardio than simply eat less please tell me.
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    I completely agree. Up until a few weeks ago I didn't do any cardio. Hell, last year when I was preparing for my competition I didn't do ANY cardio until 4 weeks before my show. Cardio for fat loss is over rated. Unfortunately because I've been forced to drop the intensity and volume of my workouts so I needed to find another way to burn cals and I've added a few days a week of cardio in. I don't mind it and I'm actually enjoying my runs outside a bit.

    I think for those with cadiovascular problems its a must and I am changing my ways a bit and I'm starting to feel that everyone should do some for the cardiovascular benefit. However, I do NOT feel it is needed for fat loss and diet is the number one key factor for fat loss.





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    But for cardio vascular excercise I feel a good high intensity resistance workout gets my heart working.
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    circuit training > cardio
    Are you kidding me????

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    I think for those with cadiovascular problems its a must and I am changing my ways a bit and I'm starting to feel that everyone should do some for the cardiovascular benefit. However, I do NOT feel it is needed for fat loss and diet is the number one key factor for fat loss.
    I couldnt agree more, I do sprints and cardio not for fat loss purposes but for overall health.. and not to mention I enjoy them
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jodi
    I think for those with cadiovascular problems its a must. I'm starting to feel that everyone should do some for the cardiovascular benefit. However, I do NOT feel it is needed for fat loss and diet is the number one key factor for fat loss.
    Ditto.

    Cardio is overrated for fat loss. I quit drinking over a month and a half ago and i've never been so lean.

    but cardio is neccesary for obvious health benefits/reasons....
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    ugh...

    it's all to be looked at in an individual basis...some people can get great results with no cardio whatsoever...for others to get great results they absolutely need to do cardio

    If you're already an active person, you're more than likely not going to need any cardio as long as your diet's right and you lift weights

    If outside the gym, you sit on your ass all day long...even if you account for that in your diet, doing cardio and upping your calories due to the increased activity levels is more than likely going to get you better results...specially if you're overweight

    it also depends in what stage you're at, etc etc etc....so many different things that play into this...what may be "overrated" to you may be be essential for someone else.

    do what gets you the best results for you.

    personally, when I'm not working, I do cardio and I get much better results than if I don't. Calorie intake right now when doing that is around 2300.

    When I AM working, I don't even bother cause my job is already physically demanding and gives me a pretty good workout in itself. I eat at least 2800 cals when that's the case. (both numbers are 500 away from maint., cycle cals up to maint every 3-4 days)

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    overall...i think people are more comfortable with the idea of eating less and being less active for fat loss

    than eating more and purposely increasing their activity levels with cardio/sports/etc

    less work, plus there's the whole psychological "how am I supposed to get leaner by eating more??" thing...

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    No necessarily. For fat loss you want to rely on your muscle. You want your body to burn fat for you. So, for those fairly lean, especially those competing, doing cardio can be detrimental and cause muscle loss. This is why some would be better off eating less and letting their built up muscle burn the extra calories for them.

    For very overweight people I think cardio is a mandatory and not just for fat loss but for cardiovascular purposes.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Jodi
    No necessarily. For fat loss you want to rely on your muscle. You want your body to burn fat for you. So, for those fairly lean, especially those competing, doing cardio can be detrimental and cause muscle loss. This is why some would be better off eating less and letting their built up muscle burn the extra calories for them.

    For very overweight people I think cardio is a mandatory and not just for fat loss but for cardiovascular purposes.
    that's exactly the point I made in the first post...it all comes down to the individual. Which is why I don't see the point of saying cardio is "overrated" and things like that.

    If anything is overrated is the idea that cardio causes you to lose your hard earned muscle...specially among those outside the realm of competitive bodybuilding. Will too much cardio on too low a deficit cause this? Of course!

    Most of the time, it's either excessive cardio or not eating enough that causes muscle loss. If one does a individually proper amount of cardio and compensates for it in their diet...there should be no worries.

    I look at cardio as simply a way to increase your activity levels in order to further boost your metabolism when one is not already fairly active. If one is overweight and has a slow metabolism, then it wouldn't be wise to just blow off doing cardio, obviously.

    the key word in the second post was "overall"...since "overall," most people trying to lose weight aren't competitive bodybuilders and are definitely most comfortable with the idea of just eating less and doing less....than eating more and doing more...for fat loss.

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    Odds are likely that in my 4-5 day a week of weight lifting. That im gettin enough cardio stimulation. So lets get past that. But in terms of burning muscle when people do extended periods of cardio yes muscle will be turn over unless you eat enough before and after, which leads me to my basic point.... Why not just mess with your diet?
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    again, it all depends.

    If you're 250 pounds at 30% body fat and you have a desk job and outside the gym all you do is sit around...

    simply eating less will not be as effective as eating slightly less and being more active

    if being more active means doing cardio, so be it.

    If you go to school, work and do a sport and aren't overweight...all you'll need to do is create a calorie deficit and you'll be fine.

    Eating more and doing more don't cancel each other out...(to a certain extent of course) they work to further boost your metaboslim.

    A person with a slow metabolism and an inactive life outside the gym will have to approach things differently than an active person with a fast metabolism

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    An overweight individual should be lifting weights and not just doing cardio. It is still the building muscle that is going to speed up their metabolism much faster than any cardio will ever do. Cardio is used to create a caloric deficit and or help with cardiovascular issues. Cardio has very little effect on increasing your metabolism, only proper weight training will make significant changes to ones metabolism.





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