Eating less to lose weight is more important than exercise.
The whole multi-billion dollar fitness industry is based on different experts telling you alternative ways to eat less and work out more. I really feel that more exercise is the wrong approach . Yes, you should eat less if your goal is weight loss but you reach a point of diminishing returns very quickly with exercise so working out more is usually not the answer.
More, more and more exercise will get you into trouble. Over training leads to injury, infections and just a toxic state within the body.
Just like not eating enough healthy high quality food will deplete you of vitamins, minerals and important nutrients; exercising too long, hard and frequently will damage your body.
The optimal amount of exercise is the key to good health and a physically fit body. Hard workouts should be short in duration with a specific goal in mind, along with proper recovery before the next hard workout. Long workouts should be on the easier side and can be performed more frequently.
Why eating less and working out more will not work in the long term!
With millions of people overweight and out of shape in the USA, we should understand that the mantra of more hard exercise is better, is just simply not working. My opinion is that it discourages people from even starting an exercise program. If you think that the only way to lose weight and get into great shape is to torture yourself with daily long hard workouts, you will most likely be too intimidated or lazy to even get started.
The right way to get in shape and reach your optimal weight is to stop focusing on how many calories you’re burning. Instead, control your weight with your diet and workout, to create the workout response you want. If you want a strong, flexible agile body with good cardiovascular strength, you can achieve this without spending too much time exercising.
I know a lot of people don’t want to hear this but you can’t over eat and expect to keep burning it off in the gym long term. It’s a losing battle. You might be able to get away with over training short term, but long-term it just won’t work.
What is the optimal amount of exercise?
You can achieve high levels of cardiovascular fitness doing just two or three 20 minute interval workouts per week. For resistance training, two full body 30 minute workouts (one hard work set per exercise) will create a great response. Five minutes of daily mobility movements will keep your joints healthy and improve flexibility. When it comes to long and easy workouts, I recommend walking for 60 minutes or longer (at a comfortable pace) as frequently as possible. Living and active lifestyle counts in this category too. I recommend about 2 to 2.5 hours of hard workouts per week at the max. You can get away with even less (when you’re doing the intervals only about 8 minutes of the 20 minutes will be hard).
More importantly, all you have to do is live an active lifestyle (or walk regularly) while eating a low calorie high nutritional diet.
If you’ve been struggling with your weight and want to get into better shape you can do it without torturing yourself with long tedious workouts. Just find a healthy all natural low calorie eating plan that works for you (to control your weight). Then spend a couple hours a week working out. In general, just be active by moving around.
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Best – Mike Cola