Stop Working Out To Lose Weight

I’ve tested out a lot of different things to lose weight and get into the best shape of my life. Here are a couple of the things I’ve tried:

  • The Four Hour Body
  • P90X
  • Yoga
  • Heavy Weight Training
  • Running
  • Eating a really low calorie diet
  • Eating a no-carb diet/AKA Atkins
  • Eating tons of fiber

Many people questioned why I had my friend, Aaron stop working out to lose weight. Here’s the biggest reason why:

The more you work out, the more you eat.

We’re really bad at judging how much we should eat, especially after working out. We’re pretty primitive that way. It’s one of the biggest things I’ve struggled with in losing weight and keeping down to my ideal weight. When I do P90X, I ate for three.

In most cases, “cardio” is harmful to health and practiced for the wrong reasons (to “burn” calories/lose weight).  It is impossible to isolate one aspect of fitness in the human body (cardiovascular system, muscular system, aerobic system, etc.).

Am I encouraging people to live a sedentary life? Absolutely not. I urge everyone to have fun getting physical activity – walk with a loved one, take a dog on a jog, play a basketball game or walk the golf course. Make it about moving and not about working out.

Cardio is EXTREMELY ineffective. You’re aren’t burning a whole lot more than sitting on a couch, honestly.

So, what do I recommend?

  • Stop working out to lose weight. Eat a diet high in fat and practice intermittent fasting (blog post coming soon).
  • Get down to your ideal body fat percentage.
  • Gradually start lifting weights.

Once you start lifting weights, the muscle you gain will force your heart to work harder and burn more calories in a day. Muscle burns more calories than fat. You’ll also have to gradually increase your foot intake (the right food) to grow more muscle.

 

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  1. Makes sense. I decided to go with a high protein, low calorie diet (1450-1650 as opposed tot he 3k+ I was consuming previously) with minimal supplements (L-Carnitine and CLA once a day in the AM) and light cardio. 20-30 minutes of running, swimming, walking, cycling or rollerblading 3 days a week on average. No weight training until I get to my goal weight. My fiancée and I have been on the diet a week and I have lost six pounds while she has lost seven. Not to mention I have been waking up earlier and easier, have had more energy through the day and have had improved focus. Here is a post about the diet I developed. http://jarism.com/2012/04/24/taking-the-die-out-of-diet-my-plan-to-lose-weight-and-live-to-tell-about-it/

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