s🏃🚶 🚲 To cardio or not to cardio when you want to lose weight?
Last week I talked about how I felt doing cardio should be viewed more like movement rather than a chore from a general stand point, but today I want to focus on the topic of cardio for weight loss.
"Should I add in extra cardio to lose weight?" 😕 is a common question I get asked.
☺ Here's my perspective/my opinion:
First it's important to note, if you want to lose weight, you need to ensure you're in a calorie deficit. You can do that by slightly lowering your calories or by increasing your activity levels.
If you're caloric intake isn't low enough (or you don't like to lower your calories and you'd rather burn energy by moving) incorporating more cardio into your training sessions can help with weight loss. When you do cardio training you 🔥 burn calories right then and there, so by incorporating cardio and resistance training 💪 (which is beneficial for your metabolism), you will be on your way to lose weight, on the condition, that you're now in deficit. It's important that you don't only do cardio training and understand resistance training and a good diet 🍓 will help you maintain your metabolism, but cardio training can help you fast track/or feel more on track.
For me personally. I don't like to eat below a certain amount of calories (unless I'm just having one of those I'm not too hungry kinda days which isn't often hehe) because I am a big foodie 🍴. Therefore, I always like to eat more or less the same amount of food and I would rather put myself in a deficit by burning more calories then eating less calories. I also feel that when you're keeping your body busy, you're not thinking about food and I know I can be a bit of "I'm bored" lets eat kind of person. Knowing this about my personality is very important (and I think anyone who is tossing and turning between what they should do, should get to know themselves well). Some people eat to live while other live to eat.
Also, you do need to factor in for yourself that if you don't have the time to exercise 💻(maybe you're working alot?), you are probably better off lowering your calories as fitting in a workout may be difficult, so keep that in mind for days when you can't train (but still make sure your eating enough to keep you satisfied and you're not just be at in for out of habit/emotion), but ideally, moving is part of being human 👌 and is beneficial from a hormonal/muscular/mindset/stress relief perspective, so anyway you can incorporate regular exercise into your life is key. 😇
Wonder what type of cardio training you should do? Do the type you like. Despite all the studies of which burns more calories etc what it comes down to at the end of the day is doing the type you enjoy because you'll more likely to stick to it and it will feel natural.
I hope this was helpful and if you have any questions don't be shy to contact me.