If fat loss is your goal, how you eat is your number one priority.
Your type of exercise (and amount) has to be in line with this. If your workout is too long/too intense that it’s making you ravenous (can’t control what you’re putting in your mouth) it’s going to be VERY hard to lose body fat.
You end up eating just as much, if not more, than what you’re burning off.
What Types of Workouts Do This?
Knock Off High Intensity
Understand that TRUE high intensity workouts (15-20 minutes of intervals pushing VERY hard) can be a great addition to your fat loss exercise regimen.
But, the problem is when they’re done for too long. This combination of length and intensity can cause a change in your body’s hormones. When these workouts are abused (done too long), you can potentially go from an optimal fat burning environment to a hunger and fat storage environment.
*Know this: If you’re doing high intensity for an hour, it’s not truly high intensity.
Let that sink in for a second.
The higher the intensity of the workout, the shorter the duration should be. Because if it’s truly HIGH intensity, you can’t do it for that long!
So, many workouts that are labeled high intensity aren’t true high intensity. They’re more like moderate intensity done for a REALLY long period of time-making them feel really hard. But not necessarily being the most effective when looking at the bigger picture and how many women’s bodies respond negatively to lengthy extreme exercise.
Cardio That’s Too Long
I was guilty of this for years!!!!
Back when I younger and didn’t understand human physiology, I used to think that running was the way to fat loss and the body that I wanted.
Of course when I first started to run I saw some fat loss. But, then it just all of a sudden stopped. And I would notice that my appetite was always high. So, if I ever took a break from running I would gain weight. Has this ever happened to you?
Sooo frustrating right?
Well, this is a perfect example of not being efficient with exercise. Just because something feels hard and you’re putting in a lot of effort doesn’t mean you’re going to see your desired result if you’re going against the physiology of your body.
So, many times women who run will see this happen and also women who do a lot of spinning.
This Doesn't Happen to Everyone
And of course the crazy thing is that this doesn’t happen to everyone! Many times, more men can get away with these types of workouts and not have it affect their appetite.
And some women can get away with it as well. It’s just that many women can’t. I am one of them.
But, everyone is different and you have to pay attention to how YOUR body responds.
Are These Types of Workouts Bad?
Of course not!
It’s just that you have to know what you really want and how much you love that style of exercise.
Meaning, if you love running does that mean that you can’t run if you want to lose fat? No! It just means that if you want fat loss, you will have to dial it back (in length) until you find that it’s not making you hungry.
And to be even more efficient, add strength training into your routine.
How Do You Want to Live?
You want to ask yourself these questions:
“What are my goals?”
“How can I be the most efficient in reaching them, while also taking into account what I truly like to do?”
Think Big Picture
Thinking big picture means:
How can you get to your goal in the most efficient way possible and stay there for the long-term?
Cardio is not the most efficient way to keep fat off for the long term. It can help speed up the process of losing fat (as long as it’s not being abused), but to be the most efficient long-term, you want to be prioritizing strength training.
Strength training changes the hormonal profile in your body to be more fat burning and less fat storing. This is why it’s sooo much more efficient long-term.
And I’m not talking about workouts that look like strength, but are actually cardio. If you’re holding weights, but doing a lot of very high rep exercises, this is not strength.
Relying on cardio for fat loss is kind of like being a hamster on a wheel. You always have to work for what you want.
Creating a strong body allows you to be efficient 24-7. When you’re working out and when you’re not.
The higher the efficiency (and taking into account what you like), the higher the chance of being successful long-term.
Be Fit AND Happy!
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