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Busting The Cardio Myth

Interview with World Leading Expert Exposes the Truth About Exercise

If you are gluten sensitive and just getting started, you most likely are in one of two situations physically:
  1. Overweight (high abdominal fat with poor muscle tone)
  2. Underweight (malnourished with little fat and poor muscle tone – this is what we refer to as skinny fat)
Cardio DetrimentsEither way, the connection to make is that both the above scenarios = poor muscle tone, and poor muscle tone equates to poor immune function and slow recovery from gluten. That being said, I want to bust an exercise myth so that you can start exercising smart and improve your muscle quality for faster health recovery. I recently sat down with my friend and world-famous fitness expert, Craig Ballantyne for an interview. During out conversation (see below) he reveals the truth about cardio, and exposes and age old myth that long bouts of treadmill, eliptical runners, and stair master machines are good for you. In addition, he delivers the latest scientific research showing that you can burn an extra 450% more calories by using a specific type of short, burst workout. Let’s get right into this incredible interview…

1. What is the biggest mistake you’ve seen people make when they get started on an exercise program for weight loss?

Answer: Great question. It’s heartbreaking really, but everyday I see so many busy men and women chained to the treadmill and elliptical cardio machines. Unfortunately, that doesn’t get them any results, and each week they come into the gym looking the same – or in many cases, worse. It’s really sad because I know these folks have families, friends, and hobbies that they’d rather be spending their time with. But I know they are bothered about their stubborn belly fat, and so they continue to come back to what I call, “The Cardio Confessional” where they pray that results will come (although they never do). Study after study proves that cardio just doesn’t work for weight loss. A moderate amount of this type of low-intensity exercise is fine for your health but it is absolutely worthless if you want to lose belly fat.  

2. Really? Cardio is that bad for you? Why is that?

Answer: Yes, it’s the truth all right, the politically incorrect truth, too. I say that because many fitness companies survive only because they are able to sell the Cardio LIE to gym members or to folks buying an expensive treadmill, bike, or elliptical machine for home. If everyone knew that, a LOT of gyms would go out of business, and equipment manufacturers too. What most folks don’t know is that cardio machines dramatically over-estimate the number of calories burned in an exercise session. According to Shape magazine, the elliptical machine is the worst offender, over-estimating the number of calories burned per workout by a whopping 42%! That’s borderline criminal. It’s like having the speedometer in your car tell you that you’re going 30 miles per hour when you’re actually going 60. It’s extremely dangerous. That’s just one reason you’re not losing weight despite the hours that you exercise each week. Cardio also increases your appetite and doesn’t give you a post-workout afterburn (I’ll explain the importance of this amazing effect in a moment.) It’s just not fair. And that’s why so many folks struggle. Not to mention the fact that doing the same long, slow exercise sessions every day can cause knee pain, back pain, loss of muscle, and accelerated aging. Cardio has about 10 strikes against it. It should have been called out a long time ago!

3. What should people do instead of cardio, is there another type of workout that’s more effective?

Answer: That’s your best question yet, and brings us to the actual science of fat loss. According to researchers from all over the globe, including America, Britain, China, Japan, Australia, and Canada, the best way to exercise for fat loss is to use short, burst workouts. These workouts cause the “afterburn” effect in your body, elevating your metabolism for almost two days after each short exercise session. It’s like doing three or four workouts at once, but in half the time of a single cardio session. These unique short burst workouts do NOT require any fancy equipment. You can do them in just a small space in your living room, basement, garage, or even a mega-busy commercial gym. In fact, I created a 16-week program (that also delivers an additional 8 weeks of beginner and intermediate workouts) to help busy men and women lose fat fast – while building muscle, too, if that’s their goal. I call this trademarked system, Turbulence Training. And a new study recently proved that these short, under-30 minute workouts can help you boost your calorie burning by over 450% compared to a normal workout. Italian researchers put subjects through a one hour traditional weight training workout or a 22-minute high-intensity interval resistance workout (like you would do in Turbulence Training). The traditional workout increased 22-hour post-workout afterburn by only 98 calories. But the high-intensity interval resistance workout boosted afterburn by over 450 calories! That’s the power of using short, burst workouts to burn fat, and why you don’t need to exercise as much when you are using the Turbulence Training System to transform your body. (Reference: J Transl Med. 2012 Nov 24;10:237.)

4. How does Turbulence Training Work?

Answer: Now we’re really diving into the good stuff. When you do Turbulence Training, you’ll exercise in a short, burst style with an increased intensity. You’ll do total body movement using your bodyweight or a set of dumbbells (these are cheap and easy to store at home). You’ll also use my trademarked secrets to cut the workout time by increasing exercise density. If you’ve done a typical workout advertised in a fitness magazine, you’ve probably taken long breaks between exercises, but you won’t with Turbulence Training. Instead, you’ll use my secret method of combining exercises so that you end up getting the power of 10 (yes, 10!) workouts in one. It all adds up to quick results in minimum time and minimum space, without having to invest in an expensive gym membership or fancy, large machines that end up doubling as clothes racks in your home (because you can’t stand using them).

5. It really only takes 90 minutes per week to get amazing results? How is that possible?

Answer: This is a great question to let me sum everything up. You’ve learned a lot in this interview, discovering that cardio doesn’t work for fat loss, and that gym machines “lie” to you by over-estimating the number of calories you burn each session. The end result with slow, boring cardio workouts done on a treadmill or elliptical machine is frustration, but not fat loss. On the other hand, if you switch to short, burst workouts, that can be done at home or in a gym with minimal equipment – and much less time – you’ll triple or quadruple your fat burning results and you will benefit from the afterburn effect to boost your metabolism for up to 40 hours after your workouts. And by taking the science one step further and using my trademarked, unique exercise system, you’ll be able to lose fat in just three fast, fun, and effective workouts of only 30 minutes per week. That’s 30 minutes from start to finish, too. There’s no hidden extra warm-up or cool-down in there. You’ll finally be able to lose 10, 20, even 30 pounds or more of fat in just a few weeks with this approach. End of interview… I have said it over and over again. You need a lean muscle reserve to ensure a strong immune system. This deficit is one of the biggest reasons that people going gluten free continue to have health problems. If you build lean muscle you will effectively:
  1. Build immune reserve
  2. Improve the functionality of your lymphatic system
  3. Live longer (yes-live longer – there are a number of studies that show that people with muscle reserve have extended life quality and quantity.)
  4. Become more resilient to chronic degenerative diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc.
I can’t emphasize what Craig said enough. Stop the long bouts of cardio if you want to build lean muscle. Stop the long bouts of cardio that reduce your body’s ability to establish lean muscle. Stop the long bouts of cardio that contribute to joint erosion. If you are interested in Craig’s Turbulence Training Program, you can read more here <<<== I have used his workouts. They work, and they work well. If you are limited on time, equipment, money, space, or any other excuse you can think of, Turbulence Training is your solution.


Always looking out for you, Dr. Osborne – The Gluten Free Warrior

One Response

  1. yes i have tried hiit trainning up to 20 min. usually i need 10 stations and 20 rps. all i can say is it works . my waist line reduced to 32 inches same as the day i got married at the age of 25 years. now i am 74. there is doubt though that this may be difficult to sustain.
    thank you.

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