I mentioned in my last email about the Tour de France.
The average rider loses about 10Ibs of bodyweight, off an already lean body.
Bear in mind they are eating 1000’s of calories per day, yet they are hungry all the time.
It’s a process called Catabolism.
How is it relevant to you?
Catabolism is sometimes referred to as destructive metabolism.
It’s a process the body goes through, in this case the breakdown of muscle, to release energy.
The reason why weight loss is so difficult for many is that they exercise more, east less.
Hours on the treadmill.
Reductions in calories content.
Body parts start going south. Muscle loss, catabolism.
Not alot happens to the weight.
To lose weight, you have to eat.
Fuel your body.
But you have to fuel it with good stuff, not bad stuff.
Keep the muscle in you body, it’s the engine that drives you.
A while back I was training a bride to be.
Lovely girl, but she had a know all boyfriend.
Now everyone is entitled to their opinion.
But it really frustrates me when people stick their nose in and haven’t got a clue what they are talking about.
The groom to be in this case rocked up and said, ” Should she be doing things like press-ups, squats, etc. Shouldn’t she be doing more cardio?”
Yes…and the world is still flat and I still use betamax!
Cardio is important, but not on its own. It doesn’t work.
Treadmill yomps improve your health and fitness but it does nothing for the muffin top.
In 2010 he Journal Of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness compared a cardio group with another group who did a mixture of press-ups, squats and other weighted exercises along with short sprints.
Guess what happened?
The group who DIDN’T pound the treadmill lost an average of 15Ibs and a 5% reduction in body fat over 12 weeks.
Almost double that of the long slow boring cardio group (7lbs lost and 3% reduction in body fat).
You can get cardio from kettlebells, HIIT training, Tabata, drills, weight training.
Combine this with good clean eating and you are onto a winner.
In my humble opinion.
Have a great weekend.
Russell ‘Humble’ Pearcy
Russell Pearcy has been working as a health and fitness coach for over 25 years helping men and women who feel tired and washed up get back in shape. Russell has also draws upon his experience as an Ironman triathlete to help coach others through this life changing transformation.