If It’s Too Good To Be True…
You know how people say, “if it’s too good to be true it probably is”? Well in this case regarding calories in and calories out that statement holds true. If everything we put in our bodies had the same measurable effect on our metabolism, then losing weight would be much easier that’s for sure. All you would need to do is eat in a deficit of calories everyday, and as long as the calories you were taking in were under your required intake for weight loss, you would drop body fat. Simple as that right? Wrong! Here’s why….
The Stalling Effect
Changing your eating habits to lose body fat is generally the best thing you can do to begin to see results. You begin to lose inches around your waist, your clothes get a little baggier, and you start feeling better from the more nutrient rich foods you are taking in. But, after a while, even if you are consistent with your diet, you will notice that progress can slow down, and even come to a screeching halt. This happens because the body is always defending itself. The human species has done this for thousands of years, adapt or die. The body has adapted to your new style of eating and regulated the metabolism to burn just enough calories to get through the food you are currently consuming in a day. So now what do you do? Here is what I suggest…
Increase your activity level first, don’t cut more calories!
Increasing your activity level can be as simple as adding a little more cardio into each session you do daily. So for example, if you are not doing any cardio on your weight training days, try adding a simple walk on the treadmill at the end of your lifting session for 20-30 minutes. Then on your regular cardio days add on an extra 15 minutes to your time. This extra time could be spent doing a number of different activities. One of the best cardio workouts in terms of bang for your buck would be either a rowing machine or jumping rope, but you can just as easily walk on an incline on the treadmill and still see results. Over the course of the week, by adding in this simple approach you can be doing an extra 2 hours of activity per week, which really adds up in terms of calories burned, and will help reignite the fat loss you have been missing.
Take Home Point
If you remember anything from this post please remember this part. When dieting, if you hit a sticking point in your fat loss progress, always try other avenues before cutting more calories out of your diet. Always remember, the body adapts over time to these changes, and eventually again yes, it will adapt to the new deficit you put it in, making it again even more difficult to see any progress. So always try other means first before cutting your diet.
Where We Are Currently
Today more than ever I see countless numbers of different energy drinks available on the market. Without naming specific company names here, from the brand that “gives you wings” to the one that sounds like a flammable gas we use to go faster in a race car, the market has exploded with different brands and competition. But what I do not understand is why people are using these in the first place?
A Simpler Approach
Instead of spending the 2.00-2.50 per can on whatever energy drink you are using why not buy something in a powder form, add water, and shake it up? Buying a powder product this way will save you almost an extra 1.00 per serving, cutting your monthly energy drink bill in half! And even better yet, there are a lot of available products on the market currently that are more potent than your typical energy drink as well. So if you are not noticing much out of what you are buying now, you have more options to find something better suited for your own personal tolerance.
Here is where everyone is different. Some folks will get by on a product that is very light on the potency scale, while others are on the opposite side of the fence, looking for the strongest product for their money. For something lighter that will give you smooth energy throughout the day check out Attack from Kodiak Sports Nutrition. This product will not be overwhelming, but does not give you a crash after 3-4 hours. You can also use this product before workouts as well to give you a boost in endurance. On the other hand, if you are someone looking for more potency and strength per serving I would recommend Hemoshock from GPL Labs. This product contains key ingredients such as geranium stem extract that will give you a great kick in the energy department and last all day. One scoop is all you will need to get you through the day!
The above products mentioned per serving will run you between .85-1.25 per serving! Significantly less than any energy drink and more potent as well. And better yet some of the flavor you can get in these products will blow away just about any typical carbonated energy drink you are used to. And no extra sugars added either. If you get a chance I would definitely check them out, and save yourself some money in the process. Speaking of saving money do not forget to use the promo code fit20 for the month of January to save 20% on ALL purchases made on our website.
Time to Get a Plan Together
Instead of waiting until January 1st to put some half assed plan together, get something ready now that will have you in the best position to get rid of that extra body fat. As I have always told my clients if you do not have a plan you plan to fail, especially if your goal is fat loss. Having a clear vision of what your goal is and knowing exactly what you need to do ahead of time takes out all the guess work and only relies on one thing….Your effort. So here are three of my favorites to include to help you with your fat loss goals for the new year.
Walking– Yes I said it. The most boring but simple thing you can add to any training routine to help get those extra pounds off. Walking can also have many variables to it as well which I like. For example, depending on your fitness level you can add extra 30 minute walking sessions at the end of workouts like an extended cool down, or put up the incline on the tredmill, throw a weighted vest on, and simulate a hike through the woods.
Weighted Carries– This exercise is a total body blaster without a doubt. After a solid weight training session add 5-7 sets of weighted carries. You can do 60 seconds on and 60 seconds rest as one set. If you have never done these before either load up a hex bar or just grab some dumbells and walk from one side of the gym to the other, going back and forth until your 60 seconds expire. Doing this will not only do wonders for dropping body fat but it will also help increase you strength over time as well.
Active Rest Between Sets– What “active rest” is considered between sets is almost like a super set for those that may be familiar. Active rest would be anything done in between your main working sets to keep your heart rate up and the pace of your workout. For example, on a leg day you could throw in hanging leg raises or some type of abdominal exercise in between each set. Or on a shoulder day do light weight lateral raises in between all main sets.
This list is clearly not the end all be all of exercises you can perform to cut fat, I just find these easiest to incorporate into a routine, and also love the walking for keeping it lower impact on the hips and knees. If you have any questions regarding workout routines feel free to contact us below.