I must admit. I have been exercising completely the wrong way to lose fat.
Ignorance Is Bliss
I was doing what most people do. As part of my Fat Loss program I wanted to do some form of exercise. So instead of taking out expensive gym membership I decided to go for a mile jog. I was happy jogging 2-3 times a week. It was fun and I was keeping fit and losing fat. Right? Well yes but it was not quite that simple. Yes I was losing weight and keeping fit – but I could have been losing a lot more.
I was watching a number of videos across YouTube. I discovered on these videos that it has been scientifically proven that it is not so much what you do, how long you exercise for or even how many times you exercise that determines the fat you will be burning.
What matters is “HOW YOU” exercise.
Let’s take jogging. If you were to jog for a longer distance your body reacts in a completely different way compared to sprinting as fast as you can for a shorter distance. High Intensive impact methods are the key. This principal has been tested a number of times.
To get the best fat loss results you need to work out with High Intensity. This means that the person who exercises at low intensity but for longer periods is likely to lose less fat than the person who works out at high intensity.
So what does this mean in reality?
The person who jogs for miles at a slow rate will lose less fat than the person who runs 100 meters as fast as he can.
The person who swims many lengths in the swimming pool at a slow pace loses less fat than the person who swims as fast as possible for fewer lengths.
The point to note here is that everything has its place. I am not saying jogging is not good or not useful. Jogging is great for improving your cardio, reducing blood pressure and of course you can lose fat. However you will lose more fat by working with short periods of high intensity.
So you need to be moving from “long and slow exercises” to “fast and intense” exercises.
How do you determine how much intensity you need to put in and for how long
Well – there is no absolute science. What I find is the best way is to use the sweat rule. This is measuring how much you sweat during the workout. More sweat the better. For swimming it’s how red my chest gets – is a great rule. To be honest you know whether you have had a good workout or not right?
Word Of Warning!
The other important point to note is don’t go too mad first of all. I did this and ended up with very bad cramp when I did my first intense swim. So do a high intense workout so you are sweating and then next time try and improve on your time. You may even want to check with a doctor first before you embark on a high intensity program.
In no time you will be shedding the pounds and looking great.