Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Obsessive Compulsive Exercise?

I just finished reading Craig Ballantyne's new book "Just say no to Cardio".

It's a great read.

One of the reasons I like this book is that it reminds me of Eat Stop Eat. It's quick and to the point - no fluff.

It's not 300 pages long and it doesn't contain filler (like the dreaded recipe section of any weight loss book!)

Craig's account of the ineffectiveness of cardio reminds me of OCE(1) (Obsessive compulsive eating). In fact, I'd go so far as to call cardio training OCE(2) (Obsessive compulsive exercise).

**unless you are actually an endurance athlete, but then its endurance training, not cardio**

When it comes to cardio training for fat loss, it is a ritualistic practice and very obsessive compulsive...Just like traditional dieting.

Since traditional cardio does not tend to give you great fat loss results, people end up doing cardio for longer and longer periods of time.

Then when very long sessions of cardio still don't work they start with the over analysis of WHEN they should do cardio, HOW they should do cardio, WHAT types of cardio....its a never ending downwards spiral, and Craig does a great job of pointing this out.

I even liked Craig's chapter on nutrition. Any one who's recommendations for weight loss involves the phrase "If you are not losing fat, eat less" is OK with me.

You can check out "Just Say No To Cardio" by clicking on the following link to visit Amazon.com: Just Say NO

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1 comment:

Fitness said...

Maybe the same type of cardio day in an day out isn't an effective way to lose weight, but it is good for heart health. It doesn't really make sense to me to exclude cardio from a fitness routine. It definitely has it's benefits.