Should I Include Cardio on My Diet?

cardio machines at the gymAerobic activity can be an excellent way to boost weight loss. It’s enjoyable, healthy, and burns plenty of calories. In fact, if you jog for 20 minutes every morning, you would burn around 70,000 calories over the course of a year, which is equal to 20 lbs. of fat. Sounds like a good use of time to me.

There are many different types of cardio exercise – for weight loss purposes, they’re all interchangeable. For outside activities, choose running/jogging, biking, swimming, or hiking. If you decide to go to the gym to do cardio, I’m always a fan of the elliptical machine – nearly zero impact, yet it burns hundreds of calories.

It’s important to remember however that exercise does not compensate for a bad diet. Sure, if you burn an extra 500 calories a day from exercise you’re going to have a little more leeway with what you eat (because your TDEE (total-daily energy expenditure) is so much higher), but you can eat through 500 calories in a few scoops of ice cream.

A smart weight loss plan includes three things:

1. A proper diet

I just went over this – without the right diet, you’ll never lose weight.

2. The right exercise

Anybody looking to lose fat should include both aerobic and anaerobic exercise in their daily routine. Do cardio to burn calories and lift weights to preserve muscle mass as you lose weight.

3. The right diet pills and supplementation

While not 100% necessary, using the right pills and supplements (diet pills that actually work) will give you a huge headstart on your weight loss journey. With the help of fat loss pills, you can lose weight at a significantly faster pace (as long as you follow the two other factors above).

In the end, it’s important to remember that weight loss is directly proportional to the number of calories consumed and the number of calories your body expends. Have the latter be higher than the former and you’re guaranteed to lose weight.

Melissa Becker

Ever since losing over 50 lbs. in 2010, I’ve been writing informative blog posts and reviews for various diet products, such as teas, pills, and supplements. All products have been personally tested, in order to get the full story before posting it on this site.

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