Every morning I leave my Carson City Bootcamp and I see women making this mistake on the roads and paths around my gym…..
One Mistake All Women Make
By Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, Turbulence Training
Following the cardio mentality and depending on the cardio
confessional is the biggest mistake that all women make when it
comes to fat loss. Let me explain…
On Saturday morning I was walking home from the gym when I passed
by a young women – about 28 years old – who was talking on her
And I heard her say, “I’m going for a walk now to get some exercise
because I’m going out for a bad dinner tonight.”
And I just wanted to yell, “No – no – no – no – no! That doesn’t
work. It never has, it never will!”
You can’t out-cardio a bad diet.
Every woman I’ve ever met has made this mistake and had that
“cardio confessional mindset” at one time or another – and it goes
for most of the guys I know, too.
Unfortunately, at best, this poor girl will probably burn an extra
300-500 calories during her walk – if it’s a really, really long
walk. But at dinner, she’s likely to eat 400-700 calories during
the appetizer or consume that in liquid calories alone!
(NOTE: By “bad dinner”, I’m guessing she meant a high-calorie meal,
and not a pity date with a deadbeat ex-boyfriend.)
The bottom line is that a single cardio session will not beat a bad
Now you might be thinking, “At least it’s better than nothing.”
But is it?
Remember, as I’ve mentioned in the past, one British study found
that some people OVEREAT in response to cardio exercise.
So when dinner comes around, this poor girl might think, “Oh, I did
that long walk today, so I can treat myself to a bigger dinner or
The only thing that comes close to beating a bad diet is interval
training and resistance training.
Back in 2007, an Australian research study on interval training was
getting a LOT of press for the surprising results. In the study,
women who did interval training were able to lose belly fat without
changing their diet.
In fact, one subject, named Louise, said this:
“My diet was pretty bad back then, with lots of sweets, lots of
junk food…doughnuts and sugar — it was awful.”
And yet by the end of this study, interval training helped Louise
burn 8kg of fat in just 15 weeks – WITHOUT changing her diet.
Perhaps it IS POSSIBLE for you to out-train a bad diet – but only
if you use interval training.
And that’s just another reason the best short, burst fat burning
workouts are based on this specific type of fat burning exercise.
So here’s what you need to do:
1) Give up the “Cardio Confessional Mentality” and understand that
you can’t “out-cardio a bad diet”.
2) Stick to your simple lifestyle nutrition plan 90% of the time
and then enjoy your 10% reward meals GUILT-FREE.
3) Use interval training to burn the fat and resistance training to
sculpt your body.
It’s that simple – a 3-step system for fat loss success that is
guaranteed to work every time.
Here’s the program that shows you EXACTLY what to do:
Enjoy guilt-free eating and fat loss with this mindset.