How to Exercise Less For More Results

 

A few days ago, I told you that I was going to share with you something that could make personal trainers everywhere obsolete. This very thing helped boost my own weight loss back in January and the weight loss of a couple VIP clients whose weight had climbed a couple notches due to the Twelve Days of Christmas Treats…

What I’m going to share with you will surely jumpstart your weight loss too. This training technique truly is so cool that if more people followed it, more personal trainers would be jobless. While I risk losing VIP and group coaching clients by sharing this, I’m going to share this information anyway because I get a big kick out of helping people–even if we only have a relationship here online.

Before I share it, I have to give props to the researchers that studied it and to the guy who pooled their research together for a really interesting book called, “The Smarter Science of Slim”. It’s written by Jonathan Bailor, a former personal-trainer-turned-health-and-fitness researcher based out of Harvard. He culled over 1,100 research studies that prove what we all want to hear, but haven’t been doing because mainstream media has us confused and has us over a barrel with bad advice.

A must-read for real, science-based stuff.

A must-read for real, science-based stuff.

 

In a recent TV interview, Jonathan Bailor adds:

“Studies show that 95.4% of the time, we end up worse off if we just eat less of our existing diet and do more traditional exercise. The research unequivocally shows that it’s about the quality of the food we’re eating and about the quality of the exercise we’re getting. But that’s not what we’re told.”

He’s right–this is not the message that you or I have been hearing in the past 10, 20, 30 years. We’ve all tried to lose weight by eating less and exercising more. We’ve all done it. When we diet (starve ourselves), we feel deprived, angry, sad, tired. We’ve hated the diet and then we start hating ourselves. Before you know it, we’re back to sugary snacks and “comfort foods”…and fatter than before we started our “healthy-living experiment” with the latest “diet plan”.

What if we turned the tables on this little experiment and ATE MORE while EXERCISING LESS?

Turning tables is precisely what we need to do.

Fabulous By Forty Lesson #7: Less exercise? More food? Why yes, thank you very much.

And that’s exactly what I’ve been doing over the last few weeks in my quest to be Fabulous By 40. Eating more and exercising less. Here’s what’s happening as a result:

  • I have more energy, zest, zeal, zip. The afternoon slump has diminished and all but disappeared.
  • I’m sleeping better at night when I’m supposed to.
  • I can concentrate and don’t suffer from nearly as much “brain fog”.
  • I’m losing my weight and my waist and slimming down.

Barring any injuries or being an absolute coach potato, you can do all of this too–and I want that for you! So without further adieu, here’s the 2 main exercise secrets that Jonathan Bailor uncovered in the collection of research that he’s compiled for his must-read book available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and book sellers everywhere:

  1. Eccentric muscle training–I promise you haven’t trained with weights like this before!
  2. High-Quality High-Intensity Cardio–this is very different from P90X and other popular, mainstream programs that put you in harm’s way (or at least land you in the doctor’s office for sprains, strains, and over-use injuries).

So the vast collection of wellness research comes down to 2 exciting things. 10 minutes of cardio. 10 minutes of weight training. 20 minutes a week. That’ it.

Sound better than hours of cardio and endless weight training? It sounded better to me too AND it feels better to boot (well, you’ll be sore for days if you’re doing it right, but it’s that good kind of “gotcha” sore).

Oh, and it’s gonna make you sweat like you mean it. I must confess that the program in my opinion is not as well-suited for the coach potato or for anyone with an active injury, but with a few tweaks and modifications, it can and should become more mainstream for anyone looking to lose weight, boost metabolism, and feel better. That’s most of us, right? :)

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In our next installment, I’ll share with you a bit more about the eccentric weight training piece that can help you slim down by bikini season. I don’t know about you, but I plan on looking fabulous in my “itsy, bitty, teeny, weeny, yellow, polka-dot bikini” this year! ;)

 

Comments

  1. Hey Michael, thanks for the great info. I can’t wait to read through the resources for the eccentric weight training because I loved that session we did using that method; it was a truly good burn! I can’t get into anything stationary, but I too have been focusing on the short intensity bursts of cardio and strength training and I feel from the inside out muscles I never knew existed. This road to fabulosity is truly just that, freakin’ fabulous. I can’t wait to catch a glimpse of you in you teeny- weeny polka dot bikini, woot!

    • Michael Arthur MD says:

      Thanks, Kelly! I’m so glad you mentioned how it feels to train this way. You’re spot on about awakening muscles that you never knew existed and working them from the “inside out”! I couldn’t have said it better! Quite fabulous, indeed!

      As for the bikini, well…I can’t decide if my new body looks better in polka dots or stripes. Stay tuned!

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