Why doing a sh*t ton of cardio every day and avoiding carbs like the plague is NOT🤦♀️ the answer to getting lean and "fit." ⬇️⬇️⬇️ For those of you who have been told that you need to do cardio, cardio, cardio and go low-carb to lose weight and get lean, LISTEN UP☝️ When you are performing moderate to high intensity cardiovascular exercises, especially for longer than 30 minutes at a time, you are depleting stored glucose (referred to glycogen) that is stored in muscle in tissue and the liver.
Without sufficient carbohydrate intake, the amount of stored glycogen you create drops drastically. When the glycogen is gone, the body adapts to use amino acids and fatty acids to use for energy. (Macros provide calories. Calories = ENERGY.) If you're doing double days of cardio and heavy weight training (where your heart rate is above 140 for the average duration of the workout) and eating 80 grams of carbs every day, guess what? Your energy stores will be too depleted to lift efficiently and to your max potential which is what actually breaks apart the muscle fibers to help them "grow."🏋️♀️ When "cutting" to look more muscular and lean, people forget that they need to have built quality lean muscle tissue under the "fat tissue" so that the muscles still look full as opposed to flat. Every heard of the term "skinny fat?" Long story short: Athletes and bodybuilders NEED to meet adequate nutritional demands in order to perform well and cut body fat properly.🔥 When deciding the length of time you are going to be cutting, its important to know that the more cardio you start out with to try and "get lean" the more your body will adapt and your cardio intensity and duration will need to increase.
Hate to break it to ya, but if you're doing an hour of cardio already every 3 months out from a show or a vacation...you're in for a rude awakening if you want to continue to see results without loosing your muscle mass. 💪nutritionsportsnutritionbodybuildingsciencequalifiedregistereddietitianmacrosabsbikiniathleteabsmusclesfitness