RELAXING: Fat Loss Magic
Lets face it. You’ve been working hard in the gym and we’re proud of you. However, no matter how hard you push you’ve seem to have hit a plateau.
What I’m going to tell you might come off as a shocker but it’s going to really help you. You need to do less. Really? Yeah, learn to sit back, relax and concentrate on something other than working out.
This sounds counter-intuitive but the stress of the workout increases the need for the reward of enjoying more (or eating more). So even if you crush a hard workout, your body and your mind is going to crave the extra food to recover (and then some).
In fact, most people actually consume more than what they have actually burned off. Studies show that more time in the gym doesn’t lead to more fat loss. Why is this?
We’re wired to reward ourselves after a hard workout. So this is why a lot of people who are trying to lose fat fall into a vicious cycle of hard workouts followed by over eating. They try to solve this by pushing even harder, but this usually comes with just eating more to compensate for the workout.
Workout hard, but know that you’re most likely going to need to “Enjoy More” afterwards.
RE-DEFINE HOW YOU THINK ABOUT TRAINING
You need to stop thinking about your workouts in terms of caloric burn or fat loss.
4 Reasons Why I do formal workouts?
- MENTAL CLARITY
- ENHANCED NUTRIENT UPTAKE (allowing myself to enjoy more without getting fat)
- MUSCLE PRESERVATION
- OVERALL HEALTH
So yes your workouts are very important but you’ll notice “Fat loss” isn’t one of the reasons why I work out. That is where the eat less, enjoy more diet comes in.
4 steps to Lose Fat
- RELAX, RELAX, RELAX
- EAT MODERATELY LESS OF HIGHLY NUTRITIOUS FOODS
- CONCENTRATE ON GETTING THINGS DONE.
- STAY ACTIVE THROUGHOUT YOUR DAY*
*Trick yourself by doing fun, simple workouts throughout your day. (Go for a walk to break up the work day, toss around a sports ball, just try to move around any way you can, just make it fun)
RELAXING is the first step: Staying lean has never been easier as long as you know that sitting back and relaxing (a few days each week) is a the fat loss magic tool. This allows you to recover from previous workouts, concentrate on getting work done or learning new things that interest you.
MY RELAXING DAY:
Wake Up: Coffee w/ some heavy cream
Work for 2hrs- 15 minute walk
Work for 2hrs- Lunch break, twenty-minute walk, Salad with eggs & bacon
Work for 2 hrs -15 minute walk
Work for 2 hrs – Head back to Hotel
Pre-dinner fun activity: shoot lacrosse balls on the net for 20min
Dinner: Salmon, Brussel sprouts
Post-Dinner: Read a book on philosophy
Be-time snack: Cottage cheese w/ almonds
As you can see is I had a good amount of walking throughout my day, which was really enjoyable. I didn’t feel like I was working out but instead I was enjoying nature. Studies also show that walking for 15minutes increasing productivity over snacking. I’ve found my concentration window to be about 1.5hrs -2hrs if I’m really in the zone. The walk is a nice reset button on Getting things done.
The lacrosse ball shooting is a workout but it was a fun, light one. Not the one that was going to drive me to “eat up” like heavy sets of squats or 100 yard sprints.
As you can see I made my day about getting things done and also learning some new things that interested me outside of work. Overall it was a relaxing and successful day. I wasn’t stressed and there was a sense of accomplishment. What was great was I felt great eating moderately less and I didn’t feel the undeniable urge to have a hedonic feast. But you know my style, I like to enjoy more every few days, so I’ll save the sprints for tomorrow night because I’d like to check out this new Mexican restaurant.
Anyways, relax, get things done and you’ll have no problem getting to your desired level of leaness.