Does Exercise Make You Fat? The Surprising Answer fr...Abel James
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Is exercise making you fat? Can you get ripped in minutes of exercise a week? Abel James from FatBurningMan.com explains the strange answer. Subscribe and get more cool free stuff at http://FatBurningMan.com
The Secret to Getting Ripped with Just Minutes of Exercise A Week
Yes, despite what conventional wisdom tells you, it is possible to get ripped with just minutes of exercise a week.
Why Grinding on a Treadmill Does NOT Burn Off Body Fat
Many people exercise constantly, experience cravings as a result, eat a ton, and never lose weight.
"Burning off" calories through low-intensity cardio is not the best way to burn fat because the actual caloric burn of aerobic exercise is minimal.
To put it into perspective, an hour on the treadmill burns off approximately one Starbucks muffin.
Why You Can't Get Ripped While Training For A Marathon
When it comes to getting lean and fit, your body responds to quality over quantity. Overtraining reduces your body's ability to burn fat and catabolizes muscle. This applies to both frequency and duration of exercise. Growth hormone and testosterone begin to decrease and muscle wasting increases after just 60 minutes of training.
Effective exercise does not mean subjecting your body to punishment. Sure, with enormous amounts of volume and intensity you could burn off a fair amount of calories through grit and sheer force of will. If your only goal is to lose weight (and aren't worried about sacrificing muscle) you could potentially eat crappy food and run a half marathon every day. I did once, and I became skinny (and meek -- see below)... But it's not particularly good for you, sustainable, or necessary.
In one of my many experiments guinea-pigging on myself, I wanted to see how my body responded to different levels and types of training. After finishing in the top 3% of runners in my second marathon in 2 months, I decided to switch to shorter distances and prioritize sprints (and finished in the top 4% of the 10k a few weeks later). I assumed that since I was exercising more (running 50 miles a week versus less than 10) with a very solid finish time, my body would be optimized when I was in tip-top marathon shape.
Not only did my muscles get bigger and more defined after replacing long runs with high intensity exercise, but my body also looked and felt much healthier. I reduced bodyfat and increased lean muscle by 10 pounds. The pictures don't show the extent to which my body regained healthy color and a more masculine shape. Even my face changed... from being Sam-the-Eagle-from-Sesame-Street-skinny to a healthy "normal." All from exercising less.
Because it's always trying to recover from what you just did to it and protecting itself from whatever might happen next, your befuddled body never has a chance to heal. As a result, your body gleefully eats away at your muscle.
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