Could Exercise Be Making You Fat Instead Of Thin?
You are very health conscious, and your desire for fitness borders on fanaticism. You do various workouts, but your favorite is running and you run middle to long distances regularly. However there seems to be a problem. You still have some fat in places and not only do they stubbornly refuse to disappear, you seem to be gaining some regularly. You see, you have hit on a complication about weight loss. Long steady exercise like distance running does not make you lose weight. In fact, it tends to make your body cling to some residual fat.
This was the experience of Julia Buckley, a personal trainer and fitness fanatic. She found out while training for marathons that in spite of running long distances for hours on end, she wasn’t losing any weight at all. Pushing herself further only resulted in injuries and illness. Julia had always had a trim figure, but there were some extra pounds that just would not go away. According to her, if you want to lose weight, long, slow runs won’t work. You may drop pounds initially, but then your weight will stagnate. Another side-effect of long distance running is that people often tend to reward themselves with calorie rich foods, undoing the benefits of the run.
The remedy, she discovered was to shift to short high-intensity sessions including strength training and variety, from long steady exercise. She says that her body changed. The fat came off and her energy levels went up. Now, instead of going on long distance runs, she spends 20 to 40 minutes on her workout and she is in much better shape.
These workouts include weight lifting, core stability exercises, and short bursts of effort that raises the heart rate. She says these routines are more effective because of the “afterburn” effect. Even after the session is over, it continues to work as the metabolic rate spikes and stays high even after exercise is over and continues to burn fat for between 24 to 48 hours depending on the intensity of the session. Added to that are the benefits in health and fitness resulting from the hard work done by the heart, lungs and muscles.
Julia has decided to share her workouts on a new online program, Extreme Inferno, starting next week. To get an idea of how this works check out the video, and visit her blog at http://www.juliasfitnessblog.com. It will be a tough challenge, she says, but easy ways do not exist. You have to get out of your comfort zone to get results. As we all know, that is true of any endeavor. This will be a 12 week program, needing no special equipment, but with advice on your diet, exercise and how you treat your body.
Her methods are endorsed by Becca Jones, one of her clients and a marathoner. She says she lost a stone after shifting from long distance running to short intensive workouts and weight lifting on Julia’s advice. What was surprising is the fact she became a faster runner since starting on her new exercise regime.
Julia still runs, but instead of the long slow jogging she used to do, she now runs short fast bursts.
So, Even if you love running long distances, understand that is not the route to lose weight. You should rather do short intensive workouts that will tire you out and increase body metabolism, to burn maximum fat. Follow Julia’s Blog, and if you can, enroll in her Extreme Inferno online course. If not, at least follow her advice here.
Add some short intensive workouts to your regime and get rid of the fat you have been trying to lose.