The Truth About Cardio For Fat Loss

The Truth About Cardio For Fat Loss

Are you frustrated with your weight? Are you doing hours of cardio each week and not seeing the results you want? You're not alone. Many people believe that cardio is the key to fat loss, but that's simply not true. In this blog post, I'm going to share the truth about cardio for fat loss and how to incorporate it in a way that works for you. Watch the video below to learn more!

The Truth About Cardio For Fat Loss

Today, we're talking all about cardio. Anyone who knows me knows that I'm all about muscle equaling metabolism. Now, you may be asking, “Where does cardio fit into that?” In this week's video, I share a class replay from my app membership where I dove into the most frequently asked questions about cardio. Questions, such as, How much can/should I do? What if I love cardio and don't wanna give it up? How does cardio fit into my desire to rebuild lost muscle mass? Does it affect my metabolism?

If you've ever thought about these questions, I think today's video will be super helpful for you. You will notice people on both ends of the spectrum; for example, some people are doing tons and tons of cardio. They think that's what they have to do to get results, while others are sedentary, barely doing any movement outside of their two to three lifting workouts per week because they think they shouldn't do any cardio.

The problem is that typically, neither one of those is getting results. The people doing way too much may also end up gaining weight overall, as the people doing too little might find that they're gaining some weight from being super sedentary. Hopefully, you don't fall under any of those extremes. Whether you love or hate cardio, or are just wondering how it works for you, stay tuned for today's video because it will give you much insight into how to make cardio work for you and your goals.

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This EM2WL Client is down 20 lbs! Here’s how!

This EM2WL Client is down 20 lbs! Here’s how!

This EM2WL Client is down 20 lbs! Here's how!

Are you curious about how our EM2WL clients are doing? In this video series, we'll be highlighting one of our amazing success stories! This particular client has lost an impressive 20 lbs! Watch the youtube videos above to learn more about her journey and find out the tips and tricks she used to achieve such great results! We hope you find this information helpful and inspiring. Congratulations, Athena, on your incredible accomplishment! You should be very proud of yourself! Way to go!!! :)

 

Part 1: How to Cut For Fat Loss (Without Losing Muscle) – Kiki Reacts

Part 2: How to Accurately Measure Your Progress – Kiki Reacts

 

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Part 3: The Truth About Consistency – Kiki Reacts

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Part 4: DIETING: How It Can Make You GAIN WEIGHT – Kiki Reacts

 

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Diet Myths Debunked: What You Need to Know

Diet Myths Debunked: What You Need to Know

There is so much conflicting information out there. One person tells you that carbs are the devil, while another claims that all you need to do is cut out fat and you'll lose weight. Who's right? And more importantly,, who's wrong? In this video, Rebecca Scritchfield and I debunk some of the most common diet myths, set the record straight, and give you the information you need to make healthy decisions for your body.. So put down that fad diet book, grab a donut (yes a donut!), and watch on!

 

Diet Myths Debunked: What You Need to Know

Dieting maintains its power because it creates a deep need. So “I'm not good enough as I am right now. This is a pain point, and it promises that life will be so much better if you do this, right? And we ACTUALLY believe that promise! We feel hope just from that visual of that imaginary better life or how your body would look after losing a certain amount of pounds on Whole 30 or whatever. That visual sends a dopamine reward to your brain, saying, “This would be good if this happened to me.” So we're not thinking rationally. We're emotionally sold on the vision of what I can't have, as I am right now. I must work to achieve this by depriving my body. It's very, very twisted.

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How to Lose Weight WITHOUT Cutting out the Foods you Love

How to Lose Weight WITHOUT Cutting out the Foods you Love

What if I told you?… You don't need to eat low carb, workout for hours a day, spend your weekend meal prepping, or even miss out on eating donuts with your kids. Did you know that you CAN lose weight WITHOUT cutting out the foods you love?

 

How to Lose Weight WITHOUT Cutting out the Foods you Love

In this Youtube video, we are throwing back to my interview with Amber of Biceps After Babies (@biceps.after.babies on IG 📲!) as she speaks ALL about how she created a body she loves WITHOUT giving up the foods she loves!
In this chat, you'll discover, how YOU can also be an example that ALL foods can fit into your diet and that you can eat the food you love while seeing the progress you want to see (rather than taking breaks from your progress to “enjoy life”).
If you…
  • Eat “healthy” but don't see the scale go down.
  • Are overwhelmed with the thought of getting started counting macros.
  • Feel “stuck” or “frustrated” in your fat loss journey.
  • Start the day with such good intentions but then end it with a carton of ice cream and guilt.
It doesn't have to be this way….
You CAN find food freedom AND finally make progress on your fat loss goals… …without having to cut out ice cream or pizza.
(Got a friend who is struggling, removing everything from their diet, and seeing no progress? Share it with them!)
And Great News!!!
My friend, Amber Brueseke from Biceps After Babies, will be holding a FREE 5 Days to a Fitter You Challenge starting March 21, 2022. Trust me, you will love it!
Want to get fitter WITHOUT misery? Nothing restrictive. Nothing off-limits. 100% customized to the body you want? THIS CHALLENGE IS FOR YOU! Daily Emails, Daily Training, and ALL recorded – so get in it, get on it, and invite a friend!

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Healthy Eating Doesn’t Make You Lose Weight

Healthy Eating Doesn’t Make You Lose Weight

So you're trying eat better, but the weight isn't coming off? You're not alone. Here's why “healthy eating” alone doesn't work for weight loss.

The Truth About Healthy Eating

Getting healthy does not guarantee weight loss, and thinking that way may be getting in the way of you reaching your physique goals.

I know that for many ladies – weight loss and the journey to become more “healthy and fit” coincide.  And the line is often blurred, with so many “health” foods, gadgets, and supplements being marketed as a magic solution to make you fit, trim and lean. But the thing is, those things are not one in the same. So here's a few things to consider if you want to be healthy and lose weight.

Weight Loss Basics Still Matter

Most of us have expressed the desire to be more fit and healthy as if they're the same. We tend to assume that being healthy and losing weight are the same goal and, depending upon the information you consume, that thought is likely being confirmed.

Maybe you've experienced going to the doctor and constantly hearing about how you need to lose a little bit more weight to help solve some problems that you have in an area that has nothing to do with weight loss, like a knee issue, back pain, or fertility. We've often heard that if we lose weight, it will help. And while losing weight does affect blood markers, that does not mean that getting healthy and losing weight are the same.

Think about it.

There are so many loving, caring moms out there, who only eat organic foods.  Some grow their own vegetables, and even grind their own  grains, almonds, etc to make bread and other whole grain or gluten-free products. Yet they rarely lose weight, and many are gaining!  This may even describe you, a person doing alllll the healthy things, but not seeing the scale move the way you want it to. This is because a healthy diet does not automatically equate to weight loss.

Many ladies assume that as long as they eat clean, healthy, or organic, that calories don't count. The reality is that you may see beneficial health improvements from an extremely healthy diet, but not see physique changes. This is because gaining or losing of fat and muscle require either a surplus or deficit of calories:

 

If you are trying to lose weight and are eating an excess of calories, even if those are the most amazing healthy organic calories, they're still going to cause weight gain. If you are eating maintenance level calories of the most nutritious foods on the planet, you are still eating maintenance level and will stay the way you are. If you're eating less food, you will probably see the scale go down or some weight shredded off, even if it's “junk” food.

 

If you want to be healthy and lose fat, you need to eat healthy at a calorie deficit.  If you're going to gain muscle and be healthy,
you will have to increase those same healthy calories, to put yourself in a caloric surplus.  If you're someone who is on the fence – you want to lose a little bit of fat but eating super healthy foods isn't all that important to you – good news! you still can lose weight and not be eating 100% healthy, clean and organic.

That's why it's essential to know both ends of the spectrum. The reality is, it doesn't matter how healthy you are if you're eating too many calories, and it doesn't matter how unhealthy you are if you're eating fewer calories. You will probably still lose some weight, whether or not that is a healthy weight that you're losing.

So if you can find a healthy medium where you're doing both, that will be the best-case scenario mainly because you are tailoring it to yourself. You can be “kind of” healthy, hitting your macronutrient level by eating a sufficient amount of treats, even if those things are what somebody else might consider junk food.

As long as you're hitting the amount of protein and fiber your body needs and hitting the calorie level for your specific goal, then you can still see progress. This should give you both hope and a reality check!

Getting “Fit” vs Getting Lean

The second thing that I would say to consider when we're thinking about being healthy is that being fit is not the same as being leaner or thinner. As I said in the first point, someone can be unhealthy and underweight. So assuming that because someone is skinnier than you means they are healthy is just not the case.

If you are taking excellent care of your health and body, working out consistently, eating healthy foods like whole grains, vegetables, and high protein, you are a healthy person even if your weight does not reflect that. On the contrary, some people are not exercising, not eating the healthy foods, getting insufficient protein, and not correctly fueling their body; even if they are underweight, that does not mean that they're healthy. Knowing this allows us to have the freedom on our journey to do what it is that we set out to do.

How does this relate to your goals?

Well, if fat loss is your goal, understand that exercises that are “heart-healthy,” high endurance, or make you feel good may not actually be related to your goal of a physique change.

Your endurance may improve, but endurance and fat loss are not the same. Having a “healthy” heart does not automatically equal a smaller body size.  So if you're attempting to lose some fat, you may need to adapt the style of exercising accordingly.  This means specifically executing fat loss behaviors, such as hitting a certain amount of protein, eating a certain amount of calories, doing some strength training workouts (your best friend when you're trying to lose fat because it helps you hold on to muscle mass and keep your metabolism nice and high), and sometimes – limiting cardio for periods of time.

Sure…If you're only looking to be healthy, then that means you can do whatever exercise makes you feel good.  Get your heart pumping and get those endorphins…

Just remember, endorphins don't cause weight loss.

So..what do you really want? 

When you start to see fit/lean and healthy/weight loss as separate entities, you can begin creating the goals that you want, knowing what to expect from the actions that you're taking. If you're looking to lean out, then it's about understanding what the basics of fat loss entail and making sure that those are incorporated, regardless of your health goals.

You can have a health goal, and you can have a fat loss goal. Just make sure that the actions and expectations align. That means you should not be upset when you eat healthily, exercise a lot, and see physique changes. Don't say, “I just want to be healthy again,” when you mean “I just want to be the size that I was.”

Remember that your journey has different seasons, and each phase brings something new.

When you are in a muscle-building phase, you are looking to build muscle. You're not necessarily looking for fat loss.

 

When you're in a fat loss phase, you're not looking to build muscle. You're looking to lose fat and hopefully hold on to some of the muscles that you had.

 

There's also the Chill phase when you're not looking for anything. You're not paying attention to what you eat. It's a time to relax, be more intuitive, and have some mental freedom from tracking food all.the.time. BUT…that means you're not expecting fat loss. You're not expecting muscle gain. You're not expecting anything. You're just taking life as it comes because your focus is on mental clarity, relaxation, and not having to log everything.

 

It may seem nitpick-y to spell the differences of these phases out, but when you're working your butt off to get results, it helps to make sure that you are getting the terminology right to express what you are looking for.

The terminology you uses indicates where your mindset is, and can be a huge indicator of why you're not seeing the progress you want. So don't be afraid to sit with the question “what do I REALLY want” and answer it unapologetically – even if it's “unpopular.”  I get it, we live in a society right now where either side of the fence can be looked at as horrible.  One community is shouting, “Love yourself the way that you are, don't ever try and change anything.” But then another community is telling you to change everything about yourself because “You suck, you're fat. You don't belong in this society.” The person who wants to enjoy life and not be concerned over their weight is shamed for being “unhealthy”, while someone else who wants change how they look is made to feel bad about it.

I see so many ladies don't want to admit their actual goals, for fear of being excommunicated from the self-love community, or health-shamed.

Find your happy medium!  What are your standards of beauty? Own it, even if it's unpopular with another crowd. You're going to be 100% unhappy if you're in one camp shouting “Rah, rah!” when what you REALLY want is the results of another camp.

If you want to lose fat, there is no shame in that.  If you are pleased where you are and want to be healthy, there is no shame in that.

If you want both, then be honest with yourself and do what it takes to make the two of those things align in a way that works for you.

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Why it’s HARDER for women to lose weight

Why it’s HARDER for women to lose weight

It's not your imagination.   

The female fat loss struggle is REAL.  

If you're anything like me, you've had at least one experience of spending an inordinate amount of time recruiting a male accountability partner (“hey let's do this diet together…please…please”) – only to end up frustrated when he finally agrees, and seems to get ALL the results.  

Sure you start off strong, and have WAY more willpower, but eventually you hit a plateau and he…doesn't.  Of course this is an oversimplification of gender (not all men lose fat super easily), but men definitely have a few advantages over us. 

In this episode, we discuss the 5 reasons why fat loss is harder for women:

(alternatively, you can read the two part series on the female fat loss struggle here).

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