“We’ve become a nation of exercise wimps,” “Too many people don’t bother or are afraid of exercising hard. But intensity is probably the only way to lose weight (fat) with exercise.” – David Nieman, a professor in the Human Performance Laboratory at Appalachian State University in North Carolina
Have you ever wondered why you’ll run 3 miles, eat pretty well but lost no weight or maybe just a half a pound? What if I told you there was a way to work out and burn fat for up to 4 hours AFTER you’re done exercising?
Let me say this, I have met more people who say they hate exercise than those who love it. Most people I meet hate to sweat, they hate the feeling of being sore the day after they work out and they certainly hate the pain associated with getting in shape. Why? Because it does hurt, it does take a lot of hard work and you have to be willing to push through the initial frustrations to reach the end goal.
So it stands to reason, that if people generally hate to exercise, their idea of “intensity” is probably pretty low as well. Look at the Biggest Loser for example. The participants start the show extremely over weight. We are talking about extremely Morbidly Obese people. They struggle to walk to the mail box and back without getting winded and probably think walking is “intense”. And what do the trainers do? Day after day they put these extremely overweight people through hours of intense work outs. Do you ever see them just leisurely walking on a tread mill or walking around the gym without a care in the world? NO, they are running from day one, they’re doing push ups, squats, lunges, up downs, INTENSE cardio sessions, and every exercise under the sun. The trainers are getting the participants heart rates up to extreme levels for sessions lasting up to 2.5 hours. It may seem crazy but it works. I’m sure the participants no longer think walking is an intense workout once the show is over.
If people who are 300+ pounds OVER weight, with diabetes, joint conditions, heart issues, knee problems etc etc can work out with such intensity, why don’t you? (Don’t blame the fact you don’t have a trainer as a reason) Probably because someone, somewhere told the world that a slow and steady approach to exercise is the best way to maximize fat loss. Well, this is true to a certain extent. Sure, keeping your heart rate in the “fat burning zone” is good for fat loss but that fat burning stops immediately when you’re done. You see the trainers and medical staff on the Biggest Loser know something you don’t; Intense exercise, I mean really pushing yourself (for short of long periods of time) actually burns just as many calories during your work out as a slow and steady approach. Not only that, intense work out also continues to burn fat AFTER you’re done. Combine that Intense exercise approach with a healthy diet and watch your metabolism sore like you’ve never seen it before. You’ll literally be a fat burning machine. I won’t get into the science behind it but do your own research and you’ll see im right.
Now, I’m not a fan of the Biggest Loser due to the unrealistic expectations it sets for weight loss. A healthy weight loss of 2-4 lbs a week should be your goal, not 10+. But if they have one thing right, it’s exercise. Have you noticed that many of the participants end up with a good bit of muscle mass yet they’ve lost 100+ lbs? Do you think they were able to do with by walking on a tread mill? Intense exercise burns more calories, builds muscle, targets stored fat cells and promotes heart health like nothing else. Again, don’t believe me? Do your own research and prove me wrong.
PRO TIP: Increase the intensity of your workouts and watch your muscles build and the fat fall off. I’m living proof it works.