Summer is right here now. It's hot and steamy!
Now you can't hide inside your baggy clothes like in winter time.
If you want to lose weight and shed body fat, there’s simply no way aound it. You absolutely must create some sort of caloric deficit. In the end you must burn more calories than you consume.
You have different options of cutting 300 calories. How you do it has far-reaching effect on your body.
There are many different ways of creating a calorie deficit. Some are more effective and efficient than others.
Option #1: Skip a meal
If you want to create an additional 300 calorie deficit a day, you could simply skip your morning bagel. If you skip the cream cheese, you could save 500 calories. (For the record, I'm not anti-bagel.)
Option #2: Walk an hour on the treadmill
You could walk for an hour on the treadmill to create the same 300 calorie deficit.
Option #3: Do 15 minutes of high intensity interval training workout
You could do a 15 minute high intensity interval training workout and create the same 300 calorie deficit.
Now here’s where things get a little more complicated than the numbers suggest.
In all three options, you are essentially creating an additional 300 calorie deficit a day. But not all calories are created equal. Two thumbs down on Option #1 and Option #2. Option#3 thump them all if you can do it.
Well, first, let’s say that you decide to create your caloric deficit solely by eliminating calories in your diet. This will only result in some nasty hormonal consequences, slowing down your metabolism . Your body will balance out the very deficit you are trying to create.
There are several issues for Option #2. Spending 60 minutes to burn 300 calories? That’s a long time to invest to burn less than a tenth of a single pound of fat. If you want to burn a pound of fat, you’d have to walk for close to 15 hours.
Who has the time?
Not for me.
The second problem with Option #2 is that there is virtually no so-called “afterburn” effect. Once the walking session is over, your calorie burnig–metabolism goes back on it's initial setpoint.
For Option #3, you’re investing much, much less time, but have the added benefit of the “afterburn” or elevated metabolism for the entire day and can last another day or two after the workout.
Which brings me to the question — how do you want to burn your calories?
Do you try to “diet” your pounds away?
Are you hoping to walk away 5, 10, or even 20 lbs? That will probably take you a few years (of walking).
Or have you embraced the power of intense exercise?
Granted, when you're starting up a fitness program, you're not likely to get right to high intensity training. Start slow yet consistently. Gradually increase the frequency, intensity and duration of your training and workout.
My friend, the choice is yours.
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