Jim Karas' Cardio-Free Diet...Is it Safe to Step Off the Treadmill to Lose Pounds?

Jim Karas and his Cardio-Free Diet...Will it work?

by Paula Neal Mooney

I was just thinking about Jim Karas and his The Cardio-Free Diet the other day at the gym.

So today I see that people are searching hot and heavy for Jim Karas and his The Cardio-Free Diet for Lord knows whatever reason, therefore I'm updating this piece.

While I'm all for building muscle -- after all, Dr. Oz did just remind us that muscle burns 50% more calories on our bods -- I still feel compelled to get my 30 minutes of cardio in before hand on the treadmill.

I've figured out that I just need to break a sweat.

I need the benefits that go along with running, walking, or StairMastering.

But I am all about doing the weight machines more, too.

Bigger, Stronger, Faster...Juicing?

Lately I've wanted to build muscle so much.

I figure since I'm not juicing like the guys (and dolls?) in the Bigger, Stronger, Faster documentary -- I'm good to go with not putting on too much muscle.

One trainer at my church told me that my frame couldn't support a lot of muscle.

Well intended, yes, but I think his admonition just made me want to pump more iron. My mother didn't understand me as a female wanting to bench press weights, nor did my best friend.

"Ew, my aunt has a lot of muscles," she said.

"It's better than flab," I answered, to which she said, "Hmph!"

Anyway, these days I'm much more into The Overfed Head thinking than anything else.

Do you follow Jim Karas' cardio-free diet?

If so, let me know what you think about it!

Original Article:
I'm all over the moon over this personal trainer named Jim Karas who just published a book called The Cardio-Free Diet.

Jim Karas is at the center of the latest dieting controversy because his cardio-free diet says that if us gym rats ditch our cardio routines and focus more on strength training, we'll lose more weight.

The Cardio-Free Diet has worked for Jim Karas -- helping him lose stubborn weight and reducing the crazy munchies that running gave him. Other women on the 20/20 show that featured Jim Karas lost a lot of weight, too, on the cardio-free diet.

Watch the video of Jim Karas talking about his cardio-free diet here...

I'm so geeked over this and ready to try it, especially since spring break is now over and I'm planning to cut back on the cookies and red wine...

And I'm not real concerned about losing my cardio workout, because I'm very active anyway and get lots of walking in naturally during each day.

This new cardio-free diet book just gives me the inspiration to stop wasting a full half-hour on the treadmill then rushing in only 10 or 15 minutes on the Nautilus machines.

Starting Monday, I will spend at least 30 minutes or more on the weight-training (which I love anyway) and rejoice as my new summer form appears. Yay!


kystorms said…
cool, you get to stop the cardio and i get to step it up (so to speak :-)
I am aiming for at least 5 miles each day, with about 15 minutes of weights twice a day. Hope this works for you, let us know how it goes!
Bonnie Calhoun said…
Yes...my new summer form appears every year, as i take off all the sweaters...Bleck!

right now I'm keeping them all on...we're in the middle of the Nor'easter...eleven inches of snow and counting!
zaki said…
Most important is the consistency and commitment. I fyou can deal with that, you'll get the shape....
Happy working out...
Anonymous said…
Hi Paula, I'm the success story who appeared with Jim on 20/20. If you want to know more about my story-and proof that this works-as well as read my article on the cardio controversy, please visit my website at www.myhealthinbalance.com or email me at mary@myhealthinbalance.com

Mary Garrett
nick beam said…

Hey I just wanted to say thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. No I have not read 23 minutes in hell, but I will definitely check it out. I like your post on the cardio-free workout, that must be nice. I actually just started running on the treadmill at my house and I am feeling pretty good. I really believe that any workout must be complimeneted by a good diet and some strength training. I hope you enjoyed my blog, and I look forward to hearing from you again soon. keep up the good work!

Nick Beam
val said…
This could really work especially with the too-busy-to-do-gym people like me.
The Old Vic said…
Hi Paula,

Are bloggers generally overweight ? I know I spend most of my time sitting in front of my PC so I should listent to your sage advice. Are you back into blogging ? Did I read somewhere that you were taking a rest ? If so, welcome back, if I misunderstood,- it wouldn't be the first time ! I sent you an e-mail a while back with info. about a way of monetizing each visit to your site with no need for clicks but didn't receive any reply. Drop me a line if you think you might be interested in learning more. Regards - The Old Vic (a newly-promoted super duper PR4 blogger - lol !)
I have been working out since last three years, but I didn’t know anything like this. This post is really useful to me.
Congrats on your PR4, Old Vic!

Man you've got a lot of blogs over there.

I just popped over to try and find the PR4 one.
jul said…
That system works! My new form appears every day!
Gaje Master said…
I don't follow this diet but i am very interested in building muscle myself. As a female, a lot of people think that I am nuts. I too, have a smaller frame but would still like to have a nice looking stomach and nice sculpted arms. I don't want a lot of muscle just enough to make myself look better.
Muscle Man said…
The 'cardio-free' approach to weight loss sure sounds great, but I'm not convinced. It's all about getting your heart rate up and increasing your metabolism.

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