Fuel Efficiency & Fat Loss...

As we get ready to travel for the holidays it got me thinking...

When we're driving far distance we (Americans) tend to want to take the highway...

Why?

It's boring, it's less scenic, you cover more ground in a shorter period of time, but the real reason is...

Fuel efficiency.

Imagine taking the "back roads" all the way to Boston?

It might be scenic, and more fun, but you'd burn a ton of fuel. 

Well when it comes time to driving, that's not good. 

However...

When it comes to fat loss.

That's very good. 

Driving on the highway is like the fitness version of steady state cardio...

You know what I mean by that?

30 minutes on an elliptical at the same speed. 

60 minutes on the treadmill at the same speed.

45 minute run at the same speed. 

It's not wrong. 

It's good. 

But it's not OPTIMAL if you're trying to lose fat.

Think about it...

You're going the same speed, your heart rate is elevated, but after a few minutes in it adapts, and your body becomes quite efficient. 

It's just like driving on the highway. 

Efficiency in fat loss is not good. 

You may be going for awhile, but for the time covered, you really didn't burn that much fuel (fat), just like if you're driving on the highway. 

In comparison to driving in the city.

Start. Stop. Accelerate. Brake. 

It's interval training. 

It's more scenic, hopefully, more fun, but you burn a lot more fuel in a shorter period of time compared to driving on the interstate. 

Bad for driving, good for fat loss. 

This would be the equivalent of things like...

10 push ups, 10 squats, 10 jumping jacks. Rest 30 seconds, repeat 5 times. 

Our Team Training sessions. 

Sprinting for 1 minute, walking for 1 minute, sprinting for 1 minute, walking for 1 minute. 

You get the idea. 

It creates peaks and valleys in the heart rate, the heart doesn't know what's coming next, so it's super inefficient, thus, you burn a lot more calories. 

For you nerds out there, this is known as the "afterburn" or EPOC. Feel free to google EPOC.

Just know, that because of the inefficiency in doing things, your heart rate goes up and down, and not only do you burn a lot more calories in a shorter period of time in comparison to steady state cardio, it's more fun, AND your metabolism stays higher over a longer period of time. 

Sounds like a win-win to me. 

It's not saying steady state is wrong or bad, but intervals are just much more optimal and will get you results faster. 

When the goal is fat loss, think city driving, not highway. 

1% better, right?

Dedicated to Your Success,

Doug Spurling 

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