Happy Taco Tuesday, my fellow lean, mean fitness machine. No kidding, we have tacos almost every Tuesday – I believe tonight is going to be grilled chicken tacos with peppers, so I guess it’s more of a Fajita Tuesday.
Today, depending upon how you like to exercise to lose fat, I have news you’re going to either love OR hate.
The slow burn of low-intensity steady-state (LISS) cardio workouts (moderate jogging, walking, biking, rowing, etc.) are going the way of the dodo bird.
The return on your time investment is very low compared to strength training, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and similar high-intensity workouts.
It’s kinda like the difference between investing in a CD vs. investing in a high-yield hedge fund (without the additional risk). The exact same effort is worth 2X+ with the better investment.
Don’t get me wrong, I love taking a long walk and a leisurely bike ride, but if I’m really trying to lose fat, get leaner and want bang for my “time buck”, I’m going full-on efficiency. I want every minute to count.
And LISS workouts don’t cut it.
I have a buddy who has done multiple IronMan races, and he is the definition of “skinny fat”.
Yeah, a guy who is in the kinda shape required to spend 8 hours swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and running a full marathon (26.2 miles) is still chubby. Doesn’t make any sense, right?
The problem is that our bodies adapt, become more efficient at burning calories at that same pace, and become smarter at using its fuel. In other words, the total opposite of what we’re trying to accomplish.
Even worse, long, slow cardio sessions will burn muscle instead of fat. Fat is for survival, so our bodies are willing to burn muscle to save up fat. And LESS muscle means a slower metabolism.
Okay, so what are you supposed to do to turn your body into a fat burning machine?
Simple, lift weights and run/bike/swim/row intervals – high-intensity sprints that are short and difficult. You’ll build muscle without the nightmare of your body holding onto the fat. It’s better for your joints. And it takes less time. Win, win, win all-around.
In our Golf Body Blueprint – Fat Loss program, we map out each for you, so you know which days to lift weights. Which days are for HIIT. Which days to simply move. Which days to rest.
It’s all there for you so you don’t waste one second cobbling together your own plan.
You’ve got this.
Your #1 Fan,
PS – Please don’t be that guy who emails telling me that I said jogging is worthless. No, if that’s your jam, then go for it. We always want you to do something vs. nothing.
All I’m saying is there’s a much more efficient way to burn fat. It’s not what we were told when we grew up and cardio was the fad, so it seems counterintuitive. But unlike some of our current leaders, I actually do believe in the science:)
Here’s the link to check out our Fat Loss program: https://18strong.com/training-programs/fat-loss/