A colleague of mine sent me an article that really didn’t surprise me but it did validate everything we preach in our coaching programs.
The New York Times recently published the results of a study out of Arizona State University. Basically they had female volunteers exercise on a treadmill 3 times per week for 12 weeks at 80% of their Target Heart Rate.
The results: Almost 70% of the women got fatter! Not just gained weight but added fat.
Although it would have been very disappointing to these volunteers, it’s MUSIC TO MY EARS!
Here is why.
Steady state cardio alone doesn’t work! In order to increase the way your body burns fat you MUST adjust your diet and do resistance training. The diet will help get your hormones back in check and the resistance training will increase muscle mass which will increase your basal metabolic rate (BMR – the number of calories your body burns at rest).
So, if you are starting your New Years Resolution, don’t just hop on a cardio machine or take a cardio based fitness class. Getting a good sweat on from just doing that won’t help. Pick up the weights and work your muscles. Then take a good hard look at your diet and adjust it accordingly.
If it just seems too over whelming because you don’t know where to start but don’t want to waste your time either, talk to one of our coaches. It’s what we do. We have lots of affordable options that will get you the results you want.
To read the Arizona Study, click here