Do you do cardio to burn fat, to eat more or to feel the cardio hype? I think everyone has done for all these reasons.
Can you do too much of it? Certainly. Intuitively I knew that. On days that I do longer cardio I’d feel a tiger inside me, I couldn’t think anything but food. I didn’t like that sensation so I stopped. Today I read a post from The Great Fitness Experiment that talks about why too much cardio is harmful for our body. Cortisol, a hormone that your body makes when you are stressed out and it is bad for you. It lowers your immune system, destroys muscle and actually instructs your body to store fat. Any intense workout over 45 minutes puts you into cortisol production mode.
Some people gain weight when they work the hardest, like Maggie and Missy; others crave sugar in every form, like me; exhaustion and fatigue are also symptoms of too much cardio. Although I love the after feeling of a intense workout to release stress, I try not to exceed 45 min. If I do more than that, all the negative effects kick in.
Q: How often do you do cardio? How long? I’m doing twice a week, less than 45 min of moderate cardio.
I started the day with this message that put a smile on my tired face 😉
You can guess what I had for lunch: stir-fry noodles! 😀
tofu, black fungus, tomatoes, zucchini and green tea noodles.
Krista wanted to know how I prepare stir-fry lotus. so, here it goes.
First, the end product: stir-fry lotus with tofu and black fungus
This is how lotus looks like when you buy it from asian store. First peel off the skin
cut the edges and it looks like this
other ingredients: tofu, garlic, fermented black bean (optional) and black fungus
seasonings: salt, soy sauce, chili sauce and oil
Heat the oil first and add garlic and chopped lotus
cook for 2-3 min and add black fungus. Stir-fry for another 5 min and add soy sauce
chili sauce. Mix it well.
2-3 min later add 1 tsp of sugar. Mix again, cook 2-3 min and add tofu. Taste it and add more salt if necessary.
It’s easy right? You can add any seasoning it, lotus takes flavor easily.
Served with sauteed lettuce and oatmeal porridge.
Q: What’s your plan for the weekend? I’m going to HELA spa for a facial to relax and to glow 😉