Exercise More and Eat Less… Really??
I had a discussion with someone recently who was completely adamant that all the fitness industry keeps coming up with are news ways how to exercise more and eat less. That this is all there is to fat loss, and if everyone followed this simple rule, there would be no obesity. Funny enough, the person didn’t have a very healthy look, and could do with a serious fat burning regimen. But hey – everyone is an expert of training and nutrition these days, and that’s why there is so much mixed information on these topics. Anyway, lets examine this outlook closer – I can’t agree with this being the universal formula.
Exercise more? For 99% of population this may well be the case. However it is not that simple. You do have to constantly push yourself, and increase intensity, frequency and/or volume to keep progressing and see results. But it’s all about the overall balance. It’s not a “one size fits all” situation. Training needs to be specific to the person’s fitness levels, experience and biomechanics amongst other things. Making an 18 stone person with asymmetric movement dysfunctions run 5 miles daily in tennis shoes, and do squats and push-ups with bad form is definitely not going to do any good, but is likely to cause more biomechanical problems and a string of injuries.
Eat less? Now this is where it usually all goes wrong. People still have this idea that what it takes to achieve a great physique is starving yourself. In fact this couldn’t be further from the truth. Most of my clients, when they start training with me to achieve life changing results, they find it hard to handle the amount of food required by their nutrition plan until their body adapts in a few weeks. People still have this idea that you should have cereal for breakfast, sandwich for lunch, and dinner when they get home after work. Even though all it is – it’s a HABIT. There is a famous quote that states the definition of insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting to achieve different results. So you must be INSANE hoping for changes in your physique if you are sticking to the same eating patterns. What it takes is breaking these habits, and fitting in more meals during the day is a good start.
There are many factors involved in fat loss – they must be balanced to achieve maximum results. Blood sugar and insulin levels need to be controlled, that’s the reason why you need more meals per day. And they are not necessarily “small meals” because each case is individual. Boosting your metabolism is a priority if you want to turn into a fat burning machine. If you don’t have adequate calories and you are undertaking a vigorous exercise regimen, your body will be forced into slowing it’s metabolism down to survive! And you will waste away muscle. It takes more calories to maintain muscle cells that fat cells, hence your body will just give it up as unnecessary burden. Also where your calories come from is absolutely crucial – having sufficient amount of protein with a complete amino acid profile, as well as consuming the right type of carbs and fat, in order to achieve the right balance between all macronutrients, Once again, there are certain rules to follow, but each case is individual.
The bottom line is – it’s not that simple. It’s not about exercising more and eating less. The key is smart training and balanced nutrition.
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