“Finish your workout…load up with protein and carbs.” An age old message we have been told since we first started doing exercise and if you’re exercising to build muscle and want to recover quickly in-between sessions it’s absolutely spot on. If you’re working out to lose weight…not so much. In my last post I talked about the fact that while high intensity cardio releases a lot of fatty acids into the blood stream it doesn’t necessarily burn them. To sum it up here, let’s say you go to a HIIT class. That class drives your body to release a ton of fatty acids into the bloodstream but whilst you are exercising at a high intensity your body will always prefer glucose as a fuel source as it’s simply easier to use and the lactic acid released through such intense exercise INHIBITS the burring of fat as a fuel. So the fatty acids just sit there in the blood for such a time as your body can actually convert them to energy to burn. Now if you finish that workout and go and eat something, following the advice we talked about earlier, you have just given your body an injection of glucose…and remember the body ALWAYS favours glucose as a fuel source over fat. So all that fat in the blood will simply be returned to the fat cells as the body burns the food you have just eaten. Meaning the net effect of your cardio session in terms of weight loss is a BIG zero. If instead you finished the HIIT session and then waited to eat (for around 45 mins to an hour) the body is starved of glucose for this time and so is FORCED to use the fatty acids now readily available in the bloodstream. What’s more as the lactic acid in the blood has been cleared it’s much easier for the body to actually burn these fatty acids as fuel. Meaning that your cardio session, or at least the hour following your cardio session, has a huge impact on fat burning. Sam. 😎🤙 Interested in how you can lose 6kgs in 4 weeks and then keep it off without ever going hungry, counting calories or spending hours in the gym? Check out our Fuel for an Active Life program.
The whole health industry is built around diet and exercise, but are these really the most powerful ways to influence health…or is there something else we should be looking at?
In 2002 the movie “Collateral Damage” came out, Arnie looked great and at 55 really seemed to be beating the game, he looked incredible. Then Arnold got a job.
Why do you often see old people doing a marathon but rarely doing a 100m sprint?
Staying Fit After 40 has nothing to do with a specific way of eating or training, it has nothing to do with genetics, it has everything to do with…
There are tonnes of discussion online about HIIT vs Cardio after 40 and which you should be doing. Today I take a deeper dive.
After 40 we lose 1% of muscle mass a year naturally. How do we ensure we can build muscle after 40 and perform at our highest level as we age?
If static stretching isn’t what you want to be doing if you’re looking to stretch properly before sport. What can you do instead?
I have a mate and every time we go to the beach he has to spend 20 minutes stretching to warm up before sport, in this case before he hits the water.
What the hell were we doing? Here I was, lying on my kite board, on a totally flat ocean, freezing my ass off, attempting to surf.