Originally Posted by Frans
Running (not sprinting) is a fat-burning cardio exercise, and I agree, it's easy (if you are motivated, of course).
The problem with cardio is: you'll not only lose fat, but also muscle tissue.
If you want to keep (or gain) muscle tissue, you must consume more calories than you burn and you must workout hard, very hard (heavy weight training, no sissy weights!), hence the credo of each (natural) bodybuilder: "no pain, no gain".
The more muscle tissue you have, the more fat you'll burn throughout the day (even without running or other forms of cardio).
What I meant is that running is easy NOW that I've gone through my plan properly. Before I used HATE running and any type of cardio workouts. I found them painful (my lungs would burn) and boring. But since I went through my plan and basically went inside my mind and flicked some switches, changed some beliefs, set some goals, aligned some values etc. it has been easy to run. Yes, it is still technically physically demanding to run, but it is not "hard" anymore.
It is the same with weight training. Yes, my muscles HURT when I'm micro-tearing the tissues during my lifts and it is physically demanding, but it is not HARD to do it anymore. It is purely a mental difference. A switch in the mind.
It is no harder for me to do my workouts now than to write this message, or to program a website, or to train in my martial arts training. Yes, each of them demand physical effort, and even pain, but it's not hard to do because the motivation inside me is so much more focused and strong now.
I think that's one key to success long term. To LOVE exercising and to LOVE eating well, not to HATE them. If being a bodybuilder is your job and you get paid for it, perhaps you can hate doing the work and still do it, but for the rest of us who work doing other stuff and workingout/eating well has nothing to do with making our living, I think the only way we'll stick to it is to actually enjoy it and WANT to do it.