For the longest time now, the idea of wanting to lose weight seems like an endearing task. The very first ideas that come to mind is to do hour-long jogs and stick to a “clean” and no carbohydrate diet.
Most of us make it the first month of this routine. However, it won’t be long before you throw your weight loss goal out the window – at the thought that you would have to stick to this depressing routine for the rest of your life.
I’m telling you right now that resorting to a healthier lifestyle should never be a dull routine. It’s not your fault though. For so many years, we’ve been brainwashed that sticking to a strict diet and doing cardio is the only way out.
This is far from the truth. If you understand science and how the body actually works, you will see how fitness professionals can keep in shape, while snacking away on their favorite foods!
Here are 2 main factors to be clear about when it comes to losing weight:
On Working Out…
What if I told you that you don’t actually need to spend hours in the gym or on the track just to shed off some calories? So-called gurus have said that your body will need to go through at least an hour of exercise before it actually starts burning off calories.
This is inaccurate. In fact, the body burns calories even while you’re at rest. This is due to the body needing to maintain some processes within.
Also, the last time I checked, most actors never went through a traditional workout routine in order to get in shape quickly for their next act. Glimpse through the workout of actors and fitness athletes and you will realize how most of them are on a circuit-style of training program.
If you don’t already know, most of them are usually put on a training method known as High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). They will be tasked to workout through a series of exercises at different intervals.
By maxing out their repetitions and training under high intensity, their body goes into an “after-burn” mode. This is scientifically known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption.
Because the body went through such an intense workout, your body will need to keep up with recovery even after you’re done. This actually results in your body burning even more calories 30+ hours later!
The best part is that most HIIT training routines average at about 20-30 minutes. Why workout for hours when you can achieve even more by being smart and working out at a fraction of the time?
Yeah yeah…we’ve all heard the typical crap diet ideas. Look around the fitness community and you will definitely catch some of them having their favorite foods every now and then. Pizza and donuts included.
Don’t you ever scratch your head at your friends who eats almost anything they want and yet manage to stay in shape? Don’t you think that they know something you don’t?
Well for one, these guys already have a high metabolism from being a little bit more active. Whatever they eat just vanishes before reaching the stomach. More importantly, fitness people understand that weight loss is driven by macronutrients.
You don’t get fat because you eat carbs. You get fat because you eat past your calorie requirements. This right here is the only thing you need to understand. Most people think that cutting out carbs is the answer. However, you will still put on weight if you eat past your calorie requirement after cutting out carbohydrates out of your diet.
Most bodybuilders eat their meals understanding macronutrients. These are the numbers in your consumption of protein, carbs and fats. A bodybuilder eats pizza simply because it fits his macronutrients and he would not spill over his requirements by the end of the day.
Once you truly grasp this concept, you will realize how eating out is no problem at all when on a diet. With these 2 factors ironed out for you in detail, you should now see a clear picture that living a healthy lifestyle is far from depressing.
It is always about understanding how things really work and being efficient in accordance to your lifestyle. For more reads on making healthy living bearable, check out this Fit Blog