How CARDIO was KEEPING ME FAT

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For years I would hop on the treadmill or run outside 3-5 times per week and feel like I was making progress towards my fitness goals. I would see the time click by and the calories burn away and I would feel accomplished. But then I plateaued. No matter how much I increased my intensity or duration, I just couldn't seem to lose that last bit of weight. And then it dawned on me…

I was doing too much cardio! Don't get me wrong, cardio is important for heart health and overall fitness, but when it comes to trying to lose weight, too much of a good thing can actually be a bad thing. Here's why…

Cardio Burns Muscle
When you do a lot of cardio, your body starts burning muscle for energy instead of fat. That's because muscle is more difficult to break down and convert into energy than fat is. So even though you're burning calories while you're doing cardio, you're not necessarily burning fat. In fact, you might even be losing muscle mass, which can lead to a decrease in metabolism and make it even harder to lose weight.

Cardio Causes hunger
Ever find yourself snacking more after a long run or bike ride? That's because cardio causes an increase in the hunger hormone ghrelin. Ghrelin signals your brain that you need to eat in order to replenish the energy you've just burned off. So if you're doing a lot of cardio and not seeing the results you want, it might be because you're offsetting all those calories you burned with extra snacks throughout the day.

If you're over 40, I'm going to show you what to do instead so that you can finally start seeing results (see the video below)

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