Take a look at my first post… you’ll see where I stand in the “I want to lose weight” mentality. I strongly believe that working on performance, good nutrition and enjoying life brings about feelings of comfort in one’s body.
However, I’d be lying if I told you I never cared, or still care, about the pants size I buy, the types of clothes that fit me well, how I attractive I feel compared to other beautiful attractive women or just how I feel when I put on a bathing suit. I get that vanity can be healthy and is necessary. So I’m going to talk about one of the biggest questions I get when I ask my buttkickers what their individual goals are. The questions come in different shapes and forms (pun intended 😋). How do you change the shape of your body? The short answer is: you increase your muscle mass and you decrease body fat. Let’s talk about the latter. How do you decrease body fat? Unlike what most diet programs in the market, it’s not just about calories in and calories out… it is about mobilizing stored body fat. Remember stored body fat is stored energy and we need to know how we can tap into that stored energy to use as fuel.
How do you use stored fat for energy? there needs to be an energy deficit coupled with the right hormonal conditions and a clean diet. Hormonal balance is the most important variable in losing body fat. Why? because hormones dictate what our bodies do metabolically so if we are in fight or flight response all the time, your metabolism is going to hold on to everything it can for the famine it thinks its coming its way. The most common culprit for hormonal imbalance in our society is high levels of the stress hormone Cortisol. Cortisol can be raised by excessive exercise, emotional distress, work stress, social life, unhappiness.
So the first thing I’d suggest is to include a lot of rest and recovery activities in your daily life. Do things you LOVE doing. Things that relax you. Enjoy company of loved ones. Worry less. Do some yoga. Take a long walk… etc. This is so easy to say, incredibly difficult to do but it is a journey that must be taken by each and everyone of us. The other variable that can be controlled is the type of work out you engage in. High Intensity Interval Training raises cortisol for a short period of time; an hour or less. when Cortisol is produced in this short window, it actually opens fat cells and releases into your blood stream to be used for energy. This is good news! HIIT will help you mobilize fat and change the shape of your body fast. What important to note is that HIIT should be done 2 or 3 times a week only. Your body will take 36 to 48 hours to recover from each session. During this time, you can engage in point 1!
In addition to controlling your environmental stress and engaging in smart exercise, its important that you keep a clean diet. Clean diet means a lot of things, but for now I will just say: feed your temple with whole foods, lots of greens that are organic and/or local when possible and stay hydrated! I will write another post on clean eating.
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