💪 Cardio for Fat Loss?

I’m coming at you from the gym where I just had to confirm that today is, in fact, Wednesday. I’m trying something new, so my routine hasn’t quite become habit yet – but more on that in the coming weeks. 

The hot topic that keeps coming up this time of the year is “Does cardio work for fat loss?” 

A few years ago, I would have enthusiastically told you “YES!” 

Today? My answer with a sorry-to-disappoint-you head nod is “Not really.” 

Of course, if you get out there and go for a jog, it’s way better for you than doing nothing. 

Something is always better than nothing. 

But with cardio, you run into a lot of problems, not the least of which is starving after the slow burn of a cardio workout. 

We’ve experimented with fat burning workouts for years. And we keep landing on the same answer: 

Strength Training. 

When you build muscle, you’re building a bigger engine. And like a gas-guzzling Hummer from the 90s, you burn more fuel. 

Even when you’re not actively working out, you’re engine is always idling – meaning you’re burning more fat and calories even when you’re resting. That’s called the “After-Burn” Effect. And it’s magical. 

A study by the National Institute of Health showed that the After-Burn Effect can last for as long as 38 hours after your workout. You’re literally burning calories watching the boob tube. 

On the other hand, when you stop your cardio workout, your calorie-burning engine also stops. 

If you hate lifting weights and working out, and love cardio, then keep doing cardio. Like I said, something is better than nothing. 

But if lifting weights and/or body weight is your jam to lose fat, we built the Golfer’s Fat Loss Blueprint for you.  

Moving forward this year, let’s continue to question what we’ve been taught. If they want us to zig, then let’s zag. Let’s embrace SIMPLE. 

And most of all…let’s make it last. 

Your #1 Fan,  

Jeff Pelizzaro 

PS – On the Golfer’s Fat Loss Blueprint webpage, I shot a short video that goes a little deeper into why so many fail at fat loss. 

There are two camps of people…which one are you in? 

Here’s the video: https://18strong.com/training-programs/fat-loss/