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Why you don’t need to do tons of cardio to lose weight

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I get it, I used to think endless cardio was the key to fat loss too. Like, if you’re not losing weight, you must not be pounding the pavement enough or elliptical-ing your way to success. If you enjoy doing cardio, like me, then you don’t need to stop. But if you hate doing cardio, then there is no reason to punish yourself! The key to fat loss is being in a calorie deficit — consuming fewer calories than you burn. Yeah, it’s pretty simple. The issue is that most people have no clue how many calories they are really consuming. If you run a couple miles five days per week and are eating high-calorie foods all day, every day, you may be consuming more calories than you’re burning and you won’t lose fat.

If you want to lose fat, focus on these things:

  • Track what you’re eating to ensure you aren’t going overboard on calories. The MyFitnessPal app is simple to use.
  • Make sure to get at least 10,000 steps per day.
  • Do some weight training a few times a week.

No matter your relationship with cardio, you need to ensure you are eating to fuel your body. When you put your info into MyFitnessPal, it churns out ridiculously low calorie goals that are not healthy or sustainable. Once I launch my nutrition coaching, I will be able to calculate your custom macros based on height, weight, age, activity level and body type, plus give you access to a nutrition guide to help you get started and explain what all this stuff means. 😀

Why is 10,000 the magic number for daily steps?

Completing 10,000 steps per day typically burns about 2,000 to 3,500 extra calories each week. One pound of body fat equals 3,500 calories, so you could lose one pound per week just by simply walking 10,000 steps per day!

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