There is so much confusion out there about how much cardio you should do to lose weight. Some say you need to be doing it every single day. Some say twice a day, and some even say you don’t have to do it at all. So then, who’s right? Let’s break it down and see if we can clarify the question.
Is Cardio Necessary to Lose Weight?
Short answer – it is 100% unnecessary.
Am I recommending that you do zero cardio to lose weight? Absolutely not. However, from a strictly physiological standpoint, cardiovascular training is not required at all to lose weight.
Don’t think so? Try not eating anything for a couple of weeks while you are completely sedentary. Obviously, in time, you will wilt to nothing. Also, please don’t do that.
As health and fitness individuals we aren’t just trying to lose weight. We are trying to spare muscle tissue (or build some) while we drop our body fat. Improved body composition is the goal.