Is Occam’s Protocol good if you have weight to lose?
Are you thinking about losing some fat this summer? Maybe you’ve targeted 10 or 15 pounds, and you just can’t wait to see it disappear. If it’s time to see a change, you might be thinking about including some exercise. But what’s right to do? Running round the block a few times, lifting weights, or going for an aerobics class? If you’ve read the book, you will know about Occam’s Protocol – and of course, you may be wondering if it’s a good option for fat loss, even though its in the ‘building muscle’ section of the book. Get the definitive answer, and be confident that you’re on your way to getting the results you want right now!
The good news is that most forms of short, intense exercise are going to help you lose fat.
But of course, that casts the net pretty wide, and you need a specific idea of what you’re going to do if you’re going to make a plan and be able to stick to it.
Have you heard the one about the…?
It’s a common old tale – the lady who’s hitting the cardio machines at the gym for 1 or 2 hours every day, even going in on the weekend, and leaving buckets of sweat behind while she’s chalking up hundreds, and thousands of burned calories on the stepper, treadmill or the rowing machine. She’s been at it for the last 8 weeks – and she’s sure that if she can stick with her 2 hours a day, 6 days per week schedule, then she’s bound to hit her goal in a few months. But then, she’s so tired that she doesn’t have any energy for her family, she struggles at work, and she tries to eat the bare minimum to get through the day, so those afternoon cups of coffee are getting to be a familiar friend.
This story is unfortunately also a recipe – a recipe for loss of muscle, stubborn fat loss plateaus and injuries. Though some people (only some) get some results when they start exercising like this, it seems like the effects wear off far too quickly for lasting changes to come.
You’ll notice that there’s no mention of how she’s eating in that story, and no mention of when she rests, and for how long. And that’s too common too – overdoing it at the gym, and not getting enough sleep will almost definitely leave you with no energy, but still with those pounds you’d like to see disappear.
So what’s the new story?
The new one is about the woman who’s at the gym 3 days a week, she’s pushing some weights twice a week, and she’s doing an intense, short session the other day. She doesn’t know too many faces at the gym, because she’s only there for about 25 minutes each visit, and the rest of the week she spends time with her family, and has time to sleep as much as she needs. She spends a few hours on the weekend cooking up meals for the week, and she’s well planned when she’s eating out, or putting together convenient meals on the go.
Her story is one of energy, feeling relaxed and getting fat loss results she wants. And she knows that she’ll easily keep this up for as long as she wants, but that the results that are coming will mean her goal is her’s in the near future.
So what’s the difference?
There’s a few, of course, but the main difference is that our second girl is doing activity that prompts her body to build new muscle, and hold onto what she’s got. The first poor example is wearing out her muscles, and contributing to their breakdown, but not making progress like she wants to.
Doing exercise that builds muscle means doing something that truly challenges your muscles to their maximum capability. Doing something ‘tough’ doesn’t really cut it here – we’re talking about doing something to your limit, and pushing that limit week to week. It doesn’t take much, but hitting a high point of effort like this has some great results in your body.
Weren’t we talking about Occam’s Protocol?
And so this brings up full circle, back to where we started.
Occam’s Protocol is an excellent example of doing something that challenges muscles to an intense level, so that they will grow and develop. Doing such exercises while losing fat will inevitably result in less muscle being lost, and fat being continually lost.
So, a weights workout like Occam’s Protocol is an excellent selection, for a man or a woman, who has fat loss as their goal.
The important factor is that only the weights program is followed – do not follow the food recommendations of Occam’s Protocol, or you’ll find yourself stuck with fat you don’t want. Stick with the slow carb meals, and avoid the protein shakes, rice or quinoa, and you’ll be doing well. You might need to add some protein to your meals, or some more beans at times, but realistically these workouts aren’t about burning through huge amounts of calories, but challenging your body to grow more muscle tissue.
If you’re thinking about fat loss, and you’re tempted to start a weights program, I’d recommend Occam’s Protocol as an excellent starting point.
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