Wednesday, December 18, 2013

When Exercise is Too Much

Reaching and maintaining your ideal weight is WAY more complicated than calories in vs. calories out.  

Ask any woman that’s done cardio until she’s blue in the face and eaten nothing but salad for two weeks straight, only to step on the scale and see that she’s GAINED TWO POUNDS, and she’ll tell you the truth. And current research will tell you the same thing!

Getting your body into a fat burning mode has WAY more to do with hormones like insulin, cortisol, glucagon, ghrelin, leptin and adiponectin than it does calories.   Listen to my FREE AUDIO on the 5 Myths of Fat Loss for more details on that.

I can’t tell you how many women I know that are killing themselves with chronic cardio.  I’m telling you now, you need to stop.  Too much cardio causes high levels of the stress hormone cortisol to circulate in your body, which limits your fat burning potential, wastes your muscle and pretty much guarantees you’ll never reach your ideal weight.  Here’s the formula I use for a healthy body weight; Do 3-5 hours per week of long, slow activity like walking, do 3, 45-60 minute sessions of heavy strength training per week and incorporate one day of very challenging sprint work (any exercise will work, done as hard and as fast as you can) per week for no more than 20 minutes.

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