Debunking more myths

In yesterdays email I ended by telling you about many of the myths out there surrounding fat burning “shortcuts.”

Well, let me just tell you they ain’t gonna cut it.

That kind of malarkey just doesn’t work, plain and simple.

Those fancy exercise contraptions that promise to fill-in-the-blank, are just meant to sell you something that won’t really help you learn new lifestyle behaviors. And it’s only these lifestyle adaptations that will help correct your eating habits whilst carving out those muscles you are looking for.

Now, why do I say those pieces of equipment won’t work? Because that is just not how your body works.

You probably know by now that the only real and healthy way to ditch those love-handles, and keep ‘em from hunting you down again, is to spend more energy (calories)with physical activity than you consume via your meals each day.

So, what does it take to succeed with this kind of plan?

Really all it takes is a mixture of sensible calorie restriction coupled with an increase in your daily physical activity. This is what I mean by healthy lifestyle changes or adaptations.

Not just another B.S. crash die-yet or some other silver-bullet plan.

Ah…but there we are to the heart of the matter…outrageous claims and advice from the “experts.” One such claim is that, “You burn more fat by exercising early in the morning, especially if it’s on an empty stomach. Another is that somehow building a lot of muscle fibers makes you burn more calories. Therefore this makes strength training far more important than cardiovascular/cardiopulmonary training. Another bogus claim is that you can lose more fat if you exercise at a lower intensity for a longer time.

The latter always gives me a good chuckle. But moving right along…

I’ll be sharing my take on each of these ideas and we will see how they stack up against experimentation and evidence.

And when all is said and done we’ll have the essential information that can and will be an effective fat reducing strategy that will really work for you no matter your fitness level.

Ok, first of all we have the “Exercising Early in the Morning” claim.

Now, the claim is that training first thing in the morning will force your body to use fat as fuel. Proponents of this claim say that while you sleep, your body is burning up whatever carbs in your system (stored as glycogen) that you’ve eaten during that day. Thus, training in the morning will burn much more fat because “fat is the only fuel available.” What does the evidence produce? Your body stores glycogen in only two places: the liver and muscle cells. Your body uses the glycogen in the liver to keep your brain, nervous system, and other essential operations running when your body is sleeping. Meaning the stored carbs in your liver will become depleted overnight. But remember how your muscles also store carbs in the form of glycogen? Riiiight…this glycogen stored in the musculature can only be used by those muscle cells. So, unless you 100 pull-ups, 100 pushups and 100 situps while you are getting some shut-eye, then the overnight calorie burning session won’t effect your muscle glycogen in any significant way. Which is a good thing by the way.

Here’s a fat melting tip for you: When you train with the correct intensity level and duration the exercises will burn fat stores at any time – night or day. And when you train the Warriors’ Way you will train not only your aerobic capacity but more importantly your anaerobic capacity and create an increase in your VO2 max.There are a few very good reasons to train in the morning if you can work it into your schedule. First of all you can get it done before anything else happens to “come up.” And for a lot of people training in the morning gives them a psychological boost by them knowing they have already had a good training session and it tends to give them a positive attitude the rest of the day.

Alright, that’s all for today but be looking for another tip in the next couple of days about debunking another fat burning myth.

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Willing is not enough, we must do.
~Bruce Lee

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Lead the way—
Matt Shannon

P.S. In the next couple of days I’ll be
posting some questions and answers from
an interview I did with author
Thomas E. Woods, Jr. Dr. Woods is a senior
fellow in American history at the
Ludwig von Mises Institute and the
author, most recently, of
33 Questions About American History You’re
Not Supposed to Ask
and the New York Times bestseller
The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History.

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