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Hi all, how has the week been treating you? Beth and I just had a fantastic, movement filled weekend. Lake Chelan has finally warmed up enough for some polar plunges, and the sun is shining strong. We had our first outdoor climbing session of the season and got our butts kicked. We decided to go on an “off” day from barbell training at the gym. I forgot how hard you can push yourself trying to complete a new line….. so much for an off day. It just felt good to move.
This ties into the article I published this week. You can check it out over here. The title is “Why Diet Is More Effective Than Exercise For Weight Loss” In it I tackle and go in deep on some of the issues with the commonly held belief that you can lose weight by logging in more hours in the gym and more miles on the treadmill.
The notion that we can fix a bad diet with more cardio is simply false. This belief has been pushed into our collective unconscious through a myriad of different sources, mostly by corporations so you keep buying food that makes you sick. It doesn’t help that everyone has a fitness tracker on their wrist that counts how many calories are burned in a session. Those 500 calories you burned through on the treadmill? Your body will make up that energy somewhere, whether by unconsciously eating more or storing more fat at your next meal. Our body is influenced much less through the movements we make than the food we eat.
Eating in a way that controls our blood sugar and keeps us energized and satiated is the only way to effectively shape our body. This means ditching the grains, processed sugars and carbohydrates, and eating what our body evolved to eat. Animals and plants. This will train your body to effectively burn its own fuel and properly utilize the fuel that is put into it. It doesn’t help that the most common form of exercise, cardio, strengthens your bodies dependence on carbohydrates by keeping your heart rate out of the aerobic (fat burning) zone and in a glycolytic (sugar burning) state. In essence, most forms of cardio burn zero body fat whatsoever.
Along with eating the right foods all one needs to do is move more in general through walking. Walking might be the most powerful thing you can do if your coming from a mostly sedentary life. It keep your heart rate well within the fat burning zone and manages blood sugar, These two factors are key in losing weight. I could go on all day, but just check out the article linked earlier to get more of the details.
Question everything everyone. Do your own research. Just because it is conventional wisdom doesn’t mean it’s right. I like to put my stock in ancestral wisdom.
Have a great week everyone,
Elliot and Beth
Elliot Steele is a Primal Health Coach based in Chelan WA. He strives to empower those looking to regain their health after a lifetime of misinformed practices. This is the essence of Steele Back Your Health, to truly learn how to be healthy with sustainable habits. Check out the coaching and blog page for more info!