My friend told me he read that too much cardio can actually increase fat by lowering testosterone levels? Is there any truth to this? I have increased my cardio to an hour a day and my lifts have actually gone down. I also feel like my middle is getting softer. This is very discouraging when you push harder and don't see the results. My diet it clean still. Is an hour everyday of jogging/running 6-7 miles too much. Thanks for any advice.
Thread: Is Too much Cardio Bad??
07-16-2011, 06:14 PM #1
Is Too much Cardio Bad??
07-16-2011, 06:17 PM #2
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Calories in vs calories out. If you are eating below your maintenance and hitting your macros you will not gain fat, the science of that is undisputable. Too much cardio is only bad if it is negatively affecting your weight lifting sessions or if your damaging your joints. Both can be fixed with slight tweaking.
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i ran all my life, i also lifted but never kept my gains.. now i havent cardio in 6 months and have kept my gains and still losing fat. it depends on how u feel about cardio..i would do it for 20 minutes at hiit level 3 times a week.IIFYM crews ....I Reps back.
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07-16-2011, 07:19 PM #9
Don't go higher than 1000 calorie deficit unless you are morbidly obese and can afford to lose weight faster without causing too much damage.
I'm sure your maintenance Is at least 2,300 without activity/Lifestyle+Job+cardio/lifting.
07-16-2011, 07:48 PM #10
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It depends on what your goal is. If you're looking to lose weight, cardio is the most efficient way to do so in terms of calories burned per minute. At the same time, to avoid losing muscle, make sure you're not on too great a deficit, do heavy compound lifts, and keep your protein intake up.[5/11: 244.6] [6/11: 232.4] [7/11: 220.8] [8/11: 211.8] [9/11: ?] [10/11: ?] [11/11: ?]
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07-17-2011, 03:40 PM #11
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Too much 'cardio' can certainly be harmful. It depends largely - as most things do - on your diet and current fitness level. In general, however, when you push yourself physically your body will respond with an increase in stress hormone(s). This is, for the most part, detrimental (although obviously a necessary evil for bodybuilding).
IMO, unless you are training in particular to increase your stamina for distance running, it might be better to divide your cardio up into multiple sessions if you aren't already doing so. Your body will release less cortisol, but - provided you maintain a good intensity - you should burn the same number of calories.
I can't yet post links unfortunately, but look up some research on exercise and stress hormone levels.
Good luck,The road is long.
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