‘Burning it off’ is a myth.
It really grates on me when I hear about people flogging themselves in the high intensity cardio, pump until you vomit, HIIT and F45 kind of way. It puts the body under enormous stress. It has the opposite to our desired outcome and actually increases our insulin which keeps us in fat storage mode.
I know, right.
Can I also mention that if we add kids, a stressful career and/or a ton of responsibilities onto that, then this kind of exercise will just drive up your already elevated stress response.
Further to this, if we don’t have a disposable few hours a day to spend toning our bodies (not to mention the time drain of compromised health) then this way of approaching our health goals just won’t work.
So I say this with love, but that New Years-fuelled gym membership is not going to give you the results you want.
But stay with me here, because there is an alternative to losing that weight and it does not start (or end) in the gym.
Actually, it begins in the kitchen.
It’s more important to get your food right, master that, and THEN incorporate some movement that nourishes rather than ravages your nervous system to support your overall health – including weight loss.
In fact, the notion that you can’t maintain a healthy weight without hours of punishing daily exercise is quite outdated and doesn’t take into account how smart our bodies actually are.
Using Metabolic Balance and my system, you are actually required to rest for the first few weeks. That’s right, no gruelling exercise regimes alongside MB at all. And I’ll let you in on a little secret. Those first few weeks, when the focus is on resting and nourishing and gently resetting the body, is when a lot of people release most of their excess weight.
Sounds amazing, right?
With MB we start with a comprehensive health assessment and blood test panel. And we use that information to formulate a plan individualised to your nutritional needs.
This is the key to dropping excess weight.
Because once we get your food right, your insulin levels stabilise, and then by incorporating smart movement into this we switch on our fat burning mode.
Now, I want to show you some interesting stats.
Have you ever heard people say that weight loss is 80% diet, 20% exercise? That actually comes from a large meta-analysis of 493 studies on weight loss methods.
They found that:
- The first group changed their diet lost 10.7kg in 16 weeks.
- The second group didn’t change their diet but embarked upon an exercise regime and lost 2.9kg in 16 weeks.
- The third group changed both diet & movement patterns and lost 11kg in 16 weeks.
So with this we can see that diet is the ultimate tool for releasing excess weight.
BUT we don’t avoid movement altogether as it is so important for physical and mental health.
Instead, in combination with my system using MB, I encourage my clients to move in a way that feels good for them, is enjoyable, and that also builds muscle (as having more muscle raises your metabolic rate, meaning you burn more fat at rest). Bonus points if this movement is done outside in nature (you get extra stress-busting points for that!!).
So let’s tackle your health goals together this year, pop that gym membership away for now and allow your body to relax into the MB way of eating and moving. You can book your free info chat here.