It has taken me about 6 months to lose 20 pounds. I will take it. A loss is a loss and I really can’t complain. At 37 years old and aging I can imagine that it will remain difficult to lose weight. That is no excuse of course, especially when there are 80 year grandmothers out there doing it successfully. In the last 6 months I have done very little steady state cardio however and it makes me wonder if maybe if I had …I would have had an even bigger loss. I am a bigger fan of interval training and strength training and that is what I do for the most part. I like how strength training changes how your body looks. I have never been the biggest fan of steady state cardio. Boring hours (minutes really) walking on the treadmill or riding a recumbent bike left me feeling like I wasted my time and really didn’t do jack to help my weight loss goals. It turns out that I may actually be right about what I was feeling. Cardio can be a big fat waste of time in reaching your weight loss goals. I came across an interesting article on T-Nation. The article talks about how cardio is basically non-essential for fat loss. Most people recognize this without actually “recognizing” this. Let me explain. Have you ever watched the Olympics and seen the physiques of sprinters compared to the marathon runners. Sprinters are muscle toned and cut (boy are they). Marathon runners by comparison are a little more “jiggly” and definitely not as defined. Some people would even call this look “skinny-fat”. People who do a lot of cardio and not a lot else are usually just skinny and lack that toned and sleek look. The article gets into a lot about the negative effects of steady state cardio over time. This website is a body building website so if you check it out recognize that it is definitely for people who are trying to building muscle or building a physique that has a more lean and toned look. The top 4 results when googling the topic “is cardio necessary for fat loss” this article is number one. However you will rarely find that all people agree of course that cardio isn’t really necessary for fat loss. I encourage those who may not be seeing significant losses to trying HIIT cardio over steady state cardio. I also encourage everyone to listen to their body because every “body” is different. I linked the article below for your viewing. Good Luck !