The New Fat-Burning Equation: Cut Your Workout Time in Half and Get Twice the Fat Loss Results
What if everything you’ve been told about losing weight and changing your body is actually causing you to gain weight in the long run? The new fat loss research is very clear. To lose weight and create lasting body transformation, you must change the two most important things that affect how your body burns fat.
So here are a few of the most important concepts to keep in mind as you go about working on your summer body. Yes, you read correctly. Summer will be here sooner than you think.
Intensity, intensity, intensity
That’s right. The primary reason why most people who lose weight end up gaining the weight back is because they didn’t create enough changes at the cellular level to the various systems that affect fat burning. I call this “physiological adaptations.”
To improve the efficiency of your body’s fat-burning systems you have to change the efficiency of the oxygen delivery system, oxygen extraction from the blood by your cells, hormone signaling, and of course the efficiency of your liver in converting stored body fat to fatty acids and supplying it to your working muscles.
Sounds complicated, doesn’t it? Well, it is a very complicated process. However, the most important thing you can do to affect this entire process is to train at a very high intensity. That means high intensity cardio, as well as intense weight training.
Now I know that some people are going to have a problem digesting this because they’re still stuck in the old way of thinking. Remember the “fat burning zone” that you still see on most treadmills and cardio machines? Forget about it. Remember the old theory of “long, slow distance” for weight loss? Forget about it. Throw away all these old ideas of how to burn fat or workout to lose weight. The only word you need to remember is “intensity.” The harder you train, the more “physiological adaptations” you create. This is what improves the efficiency of your belly fat-burning systems.
So let’s take weight loss as an example. The prevalent theory of weight loss is “calories in vs. calories out.” You hear it all the time. Cut back on the amount of calories you take in to create a calorie deficit and eventually you will lose weight. While this strategy can lead to weight loss, most people will end up gaining their weight back the minute they eat more calories than they burn. This puts you on the never-ending cycle of weight loss – weight gain, which eventually makes it harder to lose weight.
Following the new approach, however, which is supported by a wealth of published research, some of which I cited in my book, you can forget about weight loss all together. According to a number of these studies, the two things that most significantly affect the body’s fat burning are your body composition and fitness level.
Fat loss vs. weight loss
When most people diet to lose weight, they will lose a lot of water, some muscle tissue and a little fat. On the other hand, when you train to change your body composition and fitness level by doing intense weight training and high intensity cardio, you will end up improving the efficiency of your fat burning systems. By this I mean the efficiency of the body’s oxygen delivery system, oxygen extraction from the blood by your cells, hormone signaling, and of course the efficiency of your liver in converting stored body fat to fatty acids and supplying it to your working muscles.
These are the kind of internal changes that will help you to get and stay lean without worrying about counting calories because your body will be burning more calories at rest, as well as during and after your workouts.