Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Could Your Exercise Routine Actually Be Making You Fatter?

You know what it's like. You've had a gym membership for a while now, you lift weights, you do some cardio, but you really don't ever see incredible results, and you look around at all the other people in the gym wondering if they know something you don't. Are they lifting weights differently than you? Are they running harder than you? Well they probably don't know anything you don't and in fact they are probably just as insecure about their body, and want bigger muscles and smaller hips just like you. But there are some techniques when it comes to exercising that are a little dated, and if you are still doing in the gym, you may not be getting the results you could be. Rob Poulos, fat loss expert and Author of Fat Burning Furnace discusses below why some cardio techniques are more effective at fat loss than others.

Is Your Fat Burning Exercise Routine Keeping You Fat And Unhealthy?

By Rob Poulos, Fat Loss & Fitness Expert & Creator of 'Fat Burning Furnace'

The majority of exercisers today still rely on long duration moderate paced aerobic exercise as their primary routine to burn fat fast.  But recent studies have shown that this is a big, I mean big mistake.  In fact, you could say that the whole aerobics explosion of a few decades past was one of the biggest mistakes in the health and fitness industry.  Why?...

There are several reasons, but I’ll focus on the two main issues here.  When you exercise at a moderate pace for extended periods of time (as in the typically recommended percent of your target heart rate), 
your body is burning fat during the exercise.  While this may sound good, it’s actually bad news. 

This sends a signal to your body to keep a certain amount of stored fat available for your next workout.  You’re essentially telling it that it needs fat available to burn, ‘because you’ll be doing this exercise again.  So while we may be burning some calories during this exercise, after the exercise is over, our body begins storing up some fat for the next workout.  Obviously not what we’re looking for in terms of maximum ability to burn fat fast.

The other big concern with moderately paced aerobic exercise performed several times per week is that it trains your body (heart, lungs, muscles, etc.) to become efficient.  Again, this may sound good, but what is actually happening is bad for long term health.  You are working only within your existing aerobic limits, without improving your aerobic capacity. 

This is important because your aerobic capacity is what determines how your body responds in times of physical, emotional, and mental stress.  If you reduce your capacity for work, as you do in this type of exercise, you’re reducing your long term health, no to mention a poor chance of burning fat.

The good news is, you can reverse these effects by instead focusing your workouts on high intensity resistance training, with workouts that last 15-20 minutes on average, and can only be performed 2-3 times per week. 

These workouts will burn carbohydrates instead of fat during the workout, and will cause your body to use its fat stores to replenish the burned carbs over the next 24 hours, after the workout is done!  This type of work will also increase your reserve capacity and thus your ability to handle all types of stress, leading to lasting health and fitness...and 24/7 fat burning.  Nice!

But the exercise must be performed correctly to be effective, and that means using sufficient intensity, and keeping your rest periods between exercises and sets down to 60 seconds or less.  

The students of my Fat Burning Furnace method know this, and are reaping the benefits.  When you think about how little time you have to spend compared to the typically recommended methods to get these fat burning and health creating results, it’s almost magical.

Claim your free copy of Rob Poulos's "7 Secrets Of Permanent Fat Loss & Fitness" at his website:

Rob Poulos is a celebrated fitness author, fat loss expert, and the founder and CEO of Zero to Hero Fitness.  Rob created the world's most efficient method for fast and permanent fat loss with his "Fat Burning Furnace" system to help those looking to put an end to restrictive fad diets, long boring cardio workouts, and the need for super-human willpower for good.


  1. It's no wonder we have an obesity problem in America. Every time you read a fitness article, you receive different advice. This blog, as much as I admire it, often can have contradictory viewpoints on how to achieve the lean and mean body. For example, this article leads one to think that 15-20 minutes of resistance training is going to get the results (of course with proper resistance, intensity etc.) Then you read about celebrities with a different reality than most of us, but their results come after 3-4 hours a day in the gym with maybe one day of rest. Confusing!

  2. Hey Tom, Thats the whole point of this blog; to provide health and fitness advice from various sources, even if it is sometimes conflicting. Read most fitness magazines and they will have conflicting viewpoints from various fitness professionals. Everybody is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. This blog aims to provide all information so people can try different things and see what works for them/
    Healthy Boy


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