Over the course of the past few years, I have helped hundreds of people lose massive amounts of weight and we’ve noticed a common misconception about weight loss.
Maybe it’s something you have even thought yourself?
Here it is…
Intense exercise WON’T help you lose weight, and in fact it can have the opposite effect.
Let me explain.
For most people, the idea of weight loss is extremely daunting.
When we decide we’re ready to start releasing the weight that has been holding us back for years, most of us immediately jump right into an intense exercise regimen.
(Misconception) That has to help with weight loss, right?
We might stay very consistent with our plan, making sure to put 100% of our effort into those workouts. We may even see a few pounds come off here and there, but nothing really substantial.
Due to the lack of results, many people skip out on sleep, buy expensive workout programs or hire trainers to help them really push them beyond their limits in hopes of seeing some dramatic results.
Instead…not much changes.
How can this possibly make any sense? Because it is a misconception.
The truth is that too much or too vigorous exercise can actually stifle weight loss.
This is why we make it a priority, through our Metabolic Reset Program, to show our clients exactly how they can experience better, faster, and longer-lasting weight loss without intense exercise! No misconception.
Intense Exercise Creates Stress
Though moving our body is important for our overall health, there is a distinct difference between movement for weight loss and intense exercise.
Rigorous exercise actually causes a stress response within our body that creates resistance to fat loss.
When we’re doing high intensity workouts, a few things within our body start happening….
Our heart rate quickens, our respiratory rate increases, and our body starts to release the stress hormone cortisol.
These are the same physiological responses that our body has when we’re in a heated argument with someone, or when we’re experiencing fear. You may know this state more commonly called “fight or flight”.
What is Fight or Flight?
“Fight or flight”, also called the sympathetic nervous system, is a natural physiological response that our body has when encountering an event that is perceived to be stressful, frightening, or dangerous.
This response is actually evolutionary and occurs to increase our chances of survival when facing a threatening situation. The name, “fight or flight”, comes from the fact that this state prepares our bodies to either fight the threat or flee to safety.
Here are some of the common physical effects of “fight or flight”:
- Increased heart rate
- Decreased blood circulation
- Increased respiratory rate
- Pupils become dilated
- Digestion slows
This sympathetic nervous system response actually temporarily suppresses certain functions of the body that are non-essential during a crisis. Specifically the digestive, immune, and reproductive systems are suppressed.
When we work out vigorously, our body has this same “fight or flight” response ultimately sending signals to our body that now is not a good time to burn fat as we might need those resources in order to survive.
Optimal fat loss occurs when our body is at rest in the parasympathetic state which is the opposite of “fight or flight”.
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The Benefit of Replacing Exercise with Rest
I know what you’re thinking…
How is rest supposed to take the place of a rigorous workout in my attempt to lose weight?
I’m not surprised if this concept seems a little backwards, as most people are under the false assumption that intense exercise is a major factor of weight loss and without it, there is no chance of seeing any results. this is a big misconception.
I’m here to tell you, it’s simply not true.
In fact, something I often tell my clients is that it is actually more beneficial to replace 1 hour of exercise with 1 hour of sleep!
So why and how is getting more quality sleep going to help us to lose weight?
When we’re in a state of stress, our body will use glucose as the primary source of energy because it takes too long for fat to be converted into fuel for our body unless we’re at rest.
Fat burning actually takes place when our body is resting or recovering.
So, when we’re sleeping, sitting, and resting our body that is when the most fat burning is actually happening.
Working out actually causes micro-trauma at a muscular, tissue, and joint level that our body then needs to repair and regenerate.
This healing process does not take place while we’re exercising.
This is why we prioritize teaching our awesome clients to incorporate rest, rejuvenation, regeneration, and repair into their routine in order to stop utilizing glucose as energy and instead start using fat!
But don’t just take my word for it, let me share with you a mind-blowing transformation one of our clients recently experienced from following these principles.
Doug’s Amazing Success Story
Meet our inspiring client, Doug! His story is sure to demonstrate the healing power of rest during weight loss.
When we first met Doug, he had tried everything he could to lose his stubborn weight. He tried diets like keto to eliminate carbs and he worked out using online programs to move his body as much as possible.
In fact, he was actually an exercise coach for a weight loss program for many years. So in his eyes, he was doing as much as he possibly could to drop those pounds from his body.
Unfortunately, his hard work and intense exercise routine was practically fruitless.
He would see some weight loss here and there but nothing substantial, and definitely nothing permanent.
In addition to those unsatisfying results, he was also experiencing extreme fatigue and a lot of intense pain. So much so that he was using 4-16 Advil each day and sometimes also using acetaminophen along with it!
After Doug began the Metabolic Reset Program, he has seen some impressive results.
As of today, Doug has lost 44lbs! What an amazing release!
More importantly, Doug has been feeling more energized and can get through his day without relying on sugary foods and caffeine.
The most amazing result of all?
Doug has learned to say no to activity that pushes his limits and has started utilizing rest and repair to help his body heal.
Now his pain levels have reduced significantly, and he no longer needs Advil to feel relief!
Next Steps You Can Take to Start Losing That Stubborn Weight Without Intense Exercise
Does Doug’s story resonate with you?
Have you found that despite your daily exercise, you just haven’t seen the results that you’re after?
Sometimes, we have to look past what we have been told in order to reach our greatest potential.
Doug was willing to let go of his crash dieting and over-exercising by implementing simple and effective methods in order to heal his body and release stubborn weight.
If you are too and want to look and feel better than you have in years…