14 hours of cardio, 1200 calories = Not a Life!

Posted on: January 25th, 2011 by Rachel Cosgrove

I just had a conversation with someone who one year ago was 4% body fat(according to her) and is now over 30% body fat. She showed me a picture of her one year ago and she was extremely thin. She is convinced that cardio is the key to losing fat because when she got down to that size she did 2 hours of cardio a day 7 days a week and ate 1200 calories a day. She and I were having a conversation about whether weight training or cardio was the answer to losing fat and if she were to do it all over again what would she do…

2 Hours of cardio a day and only eating 1200 calories a day is not a life! Hence she was unable to maintain her weight loss and a year later has gained it back and then some. How depressing to have to pull out the “Fat” jeans again and put the “Skinny” jeans in storage….It is obvious to me that whatever she did, did not work because she was not able to maintain it. Also she had probably screwed up her metabolism pretty bad making it impossible to not put body fat back on setting her up for failure.

But in her head 14 hours of cardio a week and 1200 calorie days is the only way to get back down to that size. She has a hard time believing she could look like that again or better with half as much time spent exercising and eating more. And instead of rebounding back up she would be able to stay there long term and throw out the “fat” jeans for good!

Remember the definition of insanity = do the same thing over and over and expect a different result.

I think many women think that this is what is necessary to get the body of their dreams or like her they have done something like this in the past and have screwed up their metabolism and have rebounded. And think they are just not meant to be fit beating themselves up that they could not maintain.

Not only that but setting yourself up for expectations to maintain “4% body fat”(which I don’t know if this is what she was exactly but extremely lean) is setting yourself up to fail. I find that my female clients feel great and have their fit female body that they can still enjoy life and have energy at about the 18%-22% range. If you are setting yourself a goal to maintain below 18% body fat, my first question is WHY? You don’t look any better below 18%, you won’t feel any better, and you will have to be much more strict and not be able to enjoy yourself.

I have GREAT news for you ladies! The last thing you should do to get the body of your dreams is 2 hours of cardio a day and starve yourself. The goal is to get the metabolism revving by eating more healthy foods and increasing lean tissue and taking advantage of the afterburn effect you get after a weight training routine or an interval session. No workout should last longer than an hour to get this afterburn effect.

That’s right- do less, eat more and get the body you always wanted!

If you have been a victim of starvation diets and over exercising in an attempt to look and feel the way you want to, STOP!!!! Hearing stories like the one above breaks my heart because it is so much easier than that. Check out my book The Female Body Breakthrough where I show client’s who worked out only two hours a week and enjoyed a splurge on the weekends and became fit females for life. Being a fit female is about figuring out how to attain the body you want, feel the way you want to feel and live the life you want without depriving yourself or torturing yourself with hours of exercise.

My goal everyday is to help someone have a BREAKTHROUGH. I hope I gave the above woman a breakthrough and she’ll follow through on my advice and become a fit female for life. I also hope some of you who read this blog had a breakthrough.

For more on this check out my website at www.thefemalebodybreakthrough.com where you can join for only $97 a month and have me as your coach every single day guiding you through my Female Body Breakthrough Workouts to start and continue your journey as a fit female long term. What are you waiting for? Come join the community and throw out your “fat” jeans for good!

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