The Golden Rule of Slow Carb Fat Loss: The Right Amount of Exercise
“Find 30 minutes a day”, “raising our heart rate is healthy”, “try to get 45 minutes in the fat burning zone”, “make it a daily habit”. Sound familiar? It should, as generally speaking, it is agreed that exercise is good, healthy and helps people lose fat they don’t want. The majority of us have all heard the messages over the years, and it seems to make logical sense. So how could this logic be stopping us from losing fat?
It’s the other side of the coin that gets missed – too much exercise (just like too little) is unhealthy, and can lead to joint and muscle damage, can injure ligaments and tendons, and can stop fat loss.
What’s that? Stop fat loss??
Let’s rewind for a second here.
We were talking about exercise, and how healthy it is.
Then we were talking about exercising every day.
Then we got to exercising too much (but how much is too much?), and we said it can cause injuries, which makes sense.. and that it can stop fat loss.
OK, there’s where we got stuck.
So, how does this make sense? Almost all diet programs in the world recommend exercise, so why would I be writing about exercise stopping fat loss?
The simple answer? Stress.
Though there’s more to it, in science, the simple answer is that a stressed body is not a happy body, and an unhappy body feels like it is fighting for it’s life. Literally, doing all it can to prepare itself for the next ‘battle’ it might face, or the next physical stress that may be demanded of it. Does this sound like a scenario where your body will choose to let go of it’s fat stores? You got it, it’s pretty unlikely.
But what about those elite athletes, who are so toned and lean? There’s a lot more to their regime than exercise. And you better believe that they are training on a strict program that ensures they don’t overtrain. Overtraining is just as harmful as not training for an athlete. It can lead to poor performance, and injuries.
Now back to everyone else, in reality. What does this mean for the average slow carber who is looking drop some pounds this week, and next?
Quite simply, keep your exercise moderate, and be selective about how often it is. We have heard from readers whose weight loss stalled when they got back into their P90X program, and other people on the slow carb diet have found that their 6 day a week gym schedule wasn’t giving their body a chance to recover, let alone drop any fat.
Like the book says, less is more. Think about the MED – the Minimum Effective Dose. Apply that to your exercise and see the results. Most people are doing something active for 20-30 minutes, 2 or 3 times per week. That’s enough when you’re on the slow carb diet.
Of course, everyone is different, and everyone has different goals. I found good fat loss while eating slow carb meals and barely moving out of my chair. It stunned me, but I had to believe it. What’s your experience been like? Have you found you’re losing fat without exercise? Or have you found that an exercise program was holding you back? Leave a comment below to share your experience.
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