Recently I have been writing a “How to use X” series of blogs. I have covered everything from how to use equipment such as the foam roller and the bike and how to set-up a home gym.
Today we discuss the “how to–ness” of enacting that knowledge to achieve your fitness goals — specifically your fat and weight loss goals.
I get it. There seems to be a virtually never-ending waterfall of weight loss information available. Headlines tell us to “do intervals to burn fat,” “do strength training to change your shape,” “the kettlebell is the key to a shredded body,” “nutrition is the key to weight loss,” “sleep is the key to better health,” etc. It is almost impossible to decipher what information to follow and what to ignore!
The truth is, there is a kernel of truth to much of the information, but no one “thing” is the answer. It is the mix — the intersection — of fitness variables such as cardio, nutrition, sleep, strength training, etc. that counts. Plus, everyone’s “mix” will be different!
The key variables are interval cardio workouts, strength training, nutrition, rest and recovery, and sleep.
With weight loss (especially fat loss), it is the sum total of your lifestyle choices that counts, so my 7-day plan includes killer interval workouts AND time for meal prep, sleep, and recovery, as well as workouts aimed at de-stressing!