Maybe you have already tried cardio to lose weight without success. You are not alone!
Cardio requires a lot of energy. It leaves you exhausted, stressed out, hungry, fatigued, worn out, and sore.
It really is not a great activity to feel your best. Plus, many people try it for hours daily without seeing any results. Some even gain weight.
Numerous studies already proved that cardiovascular activity is not the answer to weight loss.
You might see some progress on the short term doing cardio for weight loss. But it quickly fades away. It makes this method not sustainable.
A more efficient approach is to build muscles and boost your metabolism. Longer and stronger muscles burn more calories, even at rest when not exercising!
Low effort and steady state exercises deplete glycogen stores and blood sugar. They do not target adipose fat much. It is a less readily available source of energy.
Let’s have a deeper look at why you should avoid cardio. And why you should consider yoga as the safest and healthiest way to lose weight.
Why You Should Avoid Cardio For Weight Loss.
Cardiovascular exercise is overestimated.
Cardio is catabolic and breaks down muscle. You can build some muscle to perform the workout in the beginning. But after your body adapt to the exercise, it will use as little energy as possible.
If you feel exhausted and hungry, how are you supposed to enjoy the process? The key to weight loss is picking an activity that you enjoy on a regular basis.
Cardiovascular exercise increases your endurance. But it does nothing for your strength and flexibility. Both of these are very important to build a lean and toned physique.
What you should do instead of cardio for weight loss.
Overdoing cardio leads to imbalances, soreness, stiffness, and injuries. It hurts your joints, causes cravings and leaves you exhausted. It is not the way to go for optimal performance and health.
Your body still need energy after exercising to repair and regenerate your muscle fiber. It continues burning calories to build long and strong muscles.
Your body uses glucose, glycogen, fat and muscle tissues for energy. You want to prevent your body’s desire to catabolize muscle tissue. It should use fat as fuel instead.
Why You Should Do Yoga For Weight Loss.
What is yoga exactly?
It is an ancient and proven practice. Yoga has been around for thousands of years and has already helped millions of people around the world.
How effective is yoga for weight loss?
Yoga builds strong and long muscles. It strengthens and lengthens your muscles, joints, nerves, and connective tissues. It is a great way to raise your metabolism.
Practice regularly to build strength, flexibility and stamina. Furthermore, it prevents injuries, joint problems and is a powerful rehabilitation tool.
Many people love yoga because of the way it makes them feel. It reduces chronic pain. Plus, it is rejuvenating, revitalizing and leaves you filled with positive energy.
Yoga is a way of life. It has a deep phisolophy and principles. The yoga community is loving, caring and accepting. There is no competition.
It focuses on how you feel, improving self-awareness and mindfulness. Yoga makes you appreciate life and your body even more.
It can be practiced anywhere with almost no equipment. It uses your own body weight. Put on some comfortable clothes and you can start today at home.
It is not the best solution to do cardio for weight loss. It leaves you exhausted and hungry. And it provides little results over the long run. Building long and strong muscles is more effective to burn excess body fat.
To be more active, choose an activity that you enjoy. I recommend you give yoga a try. There are many types of yogafor all ages and levels. The best exercise is the one that makes you feel good regularly.
Yoga has helped me lose weight effectively because I enjoy doing it so much. It feels like a reward for my body, mind and spirit. It brings me inner peace, balance and harmony.
About the Author: Alex Assoune
Alex Assoune (MSc) is a global health and environmental advocate. He founded Panaprium to inspire others with conscious living, ethical, and sustainable fashion. Alex has worked in many countries to address social and environmental issues. He speaks four languages and holds two Master of Science in Engineering from SIGMA and IFPEN schools.