A lot of people ask me why I say aerobic exercise sucks when it comes to losing fat.
Simple – I say it because I’ve seen it time and time again in my clients.
One lady came to me after she had faithfully jogged 6 days a week for a year. When she started, she did a half an hour a day and quickly lost five pounds. Then the weight came back.
She upped it to an hour a day. This time she went down 8 pounds in 2 weeks, but had gained 7 of them back by the end of the month.
By the end of the year she was doing an hour on the treadmill and an hour on the elliptical every day PLUS pilates classes 3 times a week. Fifteen hours of exercise a week. For most of a year. And she only lost a total of 7 pounds.
Now, I’m not faulting her effort. Far from it! That’s a heck of a lot of really hard work!
The thing is, she wasn’t that big to start with. So she plateaued quickly. Someone a little larger at the beginning might have lost 15 pounds but then reached a point where she wasn’t seeing any results from her efforts.
And THAT is one of the big problems with aerobic training for fat loss. It doesn’t get you to the body you want! (Other problems are orthopedic damage, monotony of sessions, body shape stays the same as weight goes down, and more)
Here are the simple basics of how incorrect exercise programming – focusing on aerobics – can actually REDUCE your metabolism and make it HARDER to lose fat.
Here are 5 Reasons Aerobics Suck For Fat Loss:
Loss of Lean, Toned Muscle
Your lean muscles burn a LOT of fat. Losing muscle as a result of too much aerobic work means you’ll burn fewer calories.
Total Weight Loss
The less you weigh, the fewer calories it takes to move your body. Simple physics.
As you become more skilled at performing repetitive exercises, like pedaling a bicycle, you become more efficient and burn fewer calories.
Your body changes and becomes used to the workload (remember the woman who jogged an hour then jumped on the elliptical?). As it adapts you will burn fewer calories.
Because of everything above, you won’t burn nearly as many calories going about your daily routine. You’ll actually burn fewer calories when you’re resting.
The good news is that all of this can EASILY be avoided by following a sound training program.
You can maintain and even toned up your muscles with resistance training. (At Fit Body Bootcamp we use your own body as resistance, so you won’t bulk up, but will tone instead)
You can prevent an adaptation to the stimulus by changing exercises, sets, reps, rest, and loading. Planned variation and progressions are the keys to prevent going stale. Plus, it makes it a lot more fun!
See, my Unstoppable Fitness Formula focuses on raising your METABOLISM so that you burn calories all freakin’ day!
No matter whether you train with me or on your own, you need to train in ways that maximize your metabolism, to turn your body into a fat-incinerating furnace. Now get after it!