6. Long distance Cardio and Fat Loss are a bad combination
When I decided to get into this field, I was about 296 pounds and 22% body fat. I had a huge motivation to get leaner as I was moving to the sunny beaches of San Diego in a few months. I had the burning desire to get lean, but little knowledge on doing it the right way.
When you play college football all you do is practice, watch film and lift weights. I had become very strong and put on a lot of muscle. I estimate I had about 230 pounds of lean mass, but it was covered by a layer of fat.
My (failed) plan to get lean
I did almost an hour of cardio a day. I still lifted weights, but my weight training sessions were pathetic. My thought process was the more cardio I do, the more weight I will lose.
I lost weight, but in the process I lost a ton of muscle and some fat. If I had taken another route I would have maintained much more muscle mass that I had built instead of losing almost all of it!
Do only cardio, you’ll have the body of the guy on the left.
I got down to 215 pounds in only a few months. In this process I had burned a whopping 41 pounds of lean mass and 40 pounds of fat. My teammates would walk by me and not even recognize me.
Dropping as much lean mass as fat is NOT a good thing. When I look back on this now I truly understand that letting cardio training dominate your workouts is not a great recipe for success. Yes I lost weight, but it could and should have been done much more effectively in order to maintain my muscle mass.
Focusing on building lean muscle mass while burning fat will make sure you don’t just lose ‘weight’, but instead you lose fat and look good at the end.
7. Nutrition is almost everything when it come to Fat Loss
When I look at most of our clients’ results, it is always the ones who change their nutrition that get the best and fastest results.
I make my living teaching people how to exercise, but I will tell you that if you are looking to lose fat than changing the way you are eating is essential.
Over the past few years I have been exposed to the Paleo System, one I use myself and have seen many of our clients be very successful with this system.
Paleo is a lifestyle, not a diet. It is very sustainable after the first few weeks, and I believe it promotes very healthy living across many fronts. Once you get over the initial thought of “How can I avoid breads and pastas?”, you will realize that there are a ton of delicious and healthy foods you can eat, without your waistline ballooning.