Here’s my revisit of this topic.
@dagill2, if you let @aldebaran s abs be a justification for not doing cardio then you have to remain aware of just how active he is. He needs to eat more than BW(lbs)x20 to gain.
To add my own 2c, from ab people I know personally: none of them do “cardio” but fuck if they aren’t active. They’ll find any excuse to add motion to their day. For instance, they’ll bike even inconvenient distances rather than take the car.
Chill day at the water side? Someone brings a slack line and they’ll spend hours having at it.
Biking to work? Not intentionally trying to get out of breath but they’ll see a fellow cyclist and try and overtake them.
None seem to actively seek out getting out of breath but these behaviours do not even register as exercise for them.
Other common patterns I see: they play sports (b-ball/soccer). They socialise over activity (climbing/swimming+sauna/hiking)
If your lifestyle mirrors this I think added cardio would be counterproductive. If it doesn’t then I suspect scheduling cardio to emulate it is a good idea.
There was another thread somewhere that I failed to chime in on with regards to deficits and cardio and what not and I like Meadows approach here which is when weight loss stagnates say at 2500 calories you want to remove 10%, where 5% comes out of your diet and the other 5% is from increased activity. So eat 125 less and exercise 125 more