Why Your Treadmill Won’t Let You Lose Weight
These days as soon as you walk into the gym, one of the first things you’ll notice is all of the women on the treadmills (or ellipticals or stairmasters or any other type of cardio machine).
Why is that?
Well, for some reason, there’s been this weird conspiracy for years that cardio is the most effective way to lose weight and it’s pretty munch what all women should stick to (this couldn’t be any further from the truth). Around the country thousands of women are out there running marathons just to simply lose weight, not because they actually enjoy running (props to all you marathon runners out there who do it purely for the passion you have for it – I know I couldn’t do it!)
The problems start to occur when too much LISS (Low Intensity Steady State Cardio) is done throughout the week.
Let’s use an example of someone who’s needing to lose 20+ pounds who is also currently completely inactive. Adding in a 2 days a week of 20 minutes on the treadmill is a fantastic start and power to them for deciding to make a change.
Now, let’s say this person starts losing a little weight each week and is making great progress until about week 4. Since their weight loss has seemed to of stalled, that person adds in 2 more days of cardio (so now they’re up to 4 days at 20 minutes). They then kick past that plateau and start to see more progress on the scale.
Two more weeks go by and their weight seems to have stalled again. So they bump that 20 minutes up to 30 minutes each day. Are you seeing the pattern yet?
This is what’s key...
After a while, your body starts getting used to the amount of low-moderate intensity cardio you’re doing therefor you stop losing weight and are now doing that cardio just to maintain your current weight. If you want to continuing seeing weight loss through cardio only, you must continue adding more and more each time your body reaches another plateau. Eventually, many people get to the point where they’re doing an hour of cardio every single day but they aren’t seeing any more progress and they just can’t seem to figure out why.
Go back to that person I was using as an example. Let’s say some situations rise at work where they aren’t able to get their normal amount of cardio in during a week. Now that they’ve cut out 4 out of their normal 7 cardio workouts in a week, that’s a huge amount of calories that they’re not burning that their body was used to, so they’ll likely experience some weight gain. Same situation if that person where to go on a vacation. No wonder people completely blow everything they’ve worked so hard for on vacation. Lots of extra calories in, and lots of extra calories not burned from taking a break.
So now you’re probably wondering what the solution is?
Weight training, proper nutrition and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) cardio are your answers.