Work Smarter, Not Harder
What if I told you that you could turn that sluggish, low energy body of yours into a literal fat burning machine? Have I gotten your attention? Yeah, I thought so! It is time to bring the science of weight loss out of the dark ages and apply a new understanding of exercise’s impact on metabolism.
The smart manipulation of lifestyle choices like exercise is the chief means of accessing this highly beneficial state of function. To start, let’s take a look at how a strictly caloric model of metabolism holds up in examples of real-life people. It is useful to use athletes in this example since they are widely regarded as extremely functional and metabolically efficient. Among track athletes, both elite marathoners and sprinters are extremely lean. Any average person can quickly distinguish the difference between these two groups of athletes. One is muscular and lean while the other is more gaunt and wiry. Of these athletes, sprinters have less body fat and higher amounts of muscle mass, yet they burn far fewer calories when training for and engaging in their sport. Sprinters engage in very short bursts of all out effort lasting seconds while marathoners run for hours and consume large amounts of caloric energy. If the calorie model is the final word on fat loss, why is there a discrepancy? Shouldn’t marathoners be the leaner of the athletes? Fraid’ not my friends!
Most people wrongly assume that low intensity exercise burns more fat than higher intensity exercise. This is true only from a relative perspective. The truth is that long steady states of cardio increase free radical production in the body, can degenerate joints, reduces immune function, causes muscle wasting, and can cause a pro-inflammatory response in the body that can potentially lead to chronic diseases. On the flip side, high intensity interval training has been shown to increase anti-oxidant production in the body, while also boosting your metabolic rate and helping you to lose weight and burn fat faster.
The current exercise environment for weight loss is still rooted in the low intensity, single mode and calorie burning paradigms. Though this approach may be successful for some, it fails miserably for the vast majority. New models for exercise are needed to combat the growing epidemic of obesity and chronic disease. Short duration, high intensity exercise offers a clear departure from current weight loss models. Those that desire real transformations, and are frustrated by carrying around those extra pounds, need new and improved approaches for overcoming their weight loss pitfalls.
*Make sure and incorporate this cardio program 3-4 times of week for MAXIMUM fat loss! Stay tuned, next week we will uncover the truth on body posture and its effects on how we see and view the w orld aro und us!
Here’s a kick-butt 20 minute cardio workout that I have all my celebrity clients doing.
0-2 min 3.5 speed 0 incline
2-3 min 5.0 speed 0 incline
3-4 min 4.0 speed 2 incline
4-5 min 5.5 speed 0 incline
5-6 min 4.0 speed 2 incline
6-7 min 6.0 speed 0 incline
7-8 min 4.0 speed 2 incline
8-9 min 6.5 speed 0 incline
9-12 min 4.0 speed 2 incline
12-13 min 5.5 speed 0 incline
13-14 min 6.5 speed 0 incline
14-15 min 4.0 speed 2 incline
15-16 min 6.0 speed 3 incline
16-17 min 4.0 speed 2 incline
17-18 min 5.5 speed 0 incline
18-20 min 3.5 speed 0 incline cool down
*Make sure and incorporate this cardio program 3-4 times of week for MAXIMUM fat loss!
Stay tuned, next week we will uncover the truth on body posture and its effects on how we see and view the world around us!