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This one is gonna be “tough love” edition and I’ll try make it concise for once. If you are basing your approach on any of these ideas you need to smarten up and start doing it right. Up until now, it’s not your fault you’ve been led astray with bad information… but now you know better, so do something about it.
I am going to get healthy by losing weight.
Losing weight doesn’t necessarily mean you are getting healthy. Ask anyone who’s suffered a serious illness. Whether they know it or not, most people actually try to lose weight at the expense of their health, not the other way around. Think about it… meal replacements, low calorie diets, cutting carbs, excessive exercise as well. All of these approaches are about shocking the body and forcing it to find some way to survive, not about making it healthier.
Ass backwards like I said. Ditch that notion and instead say “I am going to lose weight by getting healthy”. A strong healthy body doesn’t have much use for excess fat stores.
My performance is improving, therefore my health is improving.
This is a common justification used by people who are undereating and over training. It’s a bit like on Star Trek, when they’re attacked by the Borg or something…. they might lose power to the weapons, so they reroute power from the shields. But then they’re more vulnerable to attack, so they have to reroute power to the shields from the warp core, which means they can’t escape.
Your body is similar. If you’re forcing one system to adapt to stress (training) without enough fuel being available, other systems have to be sacrificed. So even if your times are getting better, all that running is actually making you less healthy, not more. Even if you’re seeing reduction in body fat stores… like I said above, it is due to reduced health, not improved health. The results will soon stall and the approach will backfire.
Eat less, do more. AKA Consume Fewer Calories, Burn More Calories.
Good god no.
Especially if you think “do more” means more high intensity cardio training, or more endurance work. I would say unless you are actually training for a sporting event, once a week (each) is optimal for cardio and endurance training. Unless you’re doing it because you enjoy it… which is fine, but you had better be fuelled up appropriately. If you’re training for health and / or a particular body type… more of this stuff is not necessarily better.
But if I eat more, I’ll gain weight / stop losing weight.
This is the most important part that I really want people to get, so in point form for emphasis:
- There IS a limit to how much fuel (energy, protein, nutrients) your body can utilise.
- If you exceed this limit, you will gain weight, from fat gain.
- However, you will NOT gain weight UNTIL you exceed this limit.
- Training not only increases this maximum amount, but also increases the minimum amount required to maintain good health.
- Up until that maximum level, whatever you put into your body WILL be utilised to get healthier and stronger in response to training.
- Therefore if you are training hard and expecting positive results (in health and aesthetic body type) from training… how could anything less than the maximum amount be considered a better target?
- No, really. Your body can utilise THIS large amount to get healthier and stronger, but you’re going to only give it THIS smaller amount instead? How is that good?
- SO if you are training to lose weight/fat… determine your maximum intake by increasing every week. If you’re still losing weight (1kg a week is great assuming you are significantly overweight), it aint too much.
- I reiterate in the strongest terms possible: eating as little as possible = attempting to lose weight by deliberately sabotaging your health AND happiness. And it usually doesn’t work.
- I’m not saying it’s ok to stuff your face with junk, but lots of healthy, nutritious ACTUAL foods. A shit tonne of fruit for starters.
You should do your cardio before your resistance training.
You should do your cardio after your resistance training.
Why are you doing cardio? If your answer is “to burn calories” then go back to the top and read the whole article again. You do cardio training to improve cardiovascular fitness. Once a week for around a half hour is plenty, on a SEPARATE DAY (or at least a separate session) from your resistance training.
You do resistance training to force your body to get stronger, leaner, and better proportioned. Doing cardio either before or after is just wasting resources that could be better utilised to recover, adapt, and produce the physical results that we are training to achieve.
Some valuable information here, people. It better get like 20,000 notes considering some of the ridiculous nonsense I keep seeing reblogged.
Oh and in case you didn’t know.
I have an entire FREE Healthy Weight Loss System available on my wordpress blog. No strings attached, no fads, myths or any form of bullshit. Read one page a day and you’ll be an expert in no time on what is REALLY required to get into great shape.
or I should say.. not so much the people I talk to as the anons who message you.
I can’t emphasise this strongly or often enough.
The reason to count calories is to ensure you are getting ENOUGH to be healthy and happy, and to enable your body to adapt to training.
Lots of you are counting for the OPPOSITE reason, making sure you’re NOT getting enough, and making sure you are NOT being happy.
Your ideal intake is a lot higher than you think and IF YOU ACTUALLY WANT TO BE HAPPY and see the changes in your body that you want, you will find out what that intake is and make sure that you meet it.
How could “less” than ideal possibly be better?