Exercise Alone Won’t Help You Lose Weight

There is no doubt that exercise plays a role in, and is in fact necessary for weight loss, and improving health and quality of life. For some, however, the positive effects are more than for others.

There is no way around it – if you want to lose weight and improve your health, you need exercise and physical activity.

Although no one will argue that more activity is a healthy idea and that it will help with any weight and health-related efforts, exercise on its own won’t make you lose weight.

The key to losing weight, as in reducing body fat (adipose tissue), and to reduce the chronic disease environments in your body, is hormonal and not caloric, i.e. it is not related to blood sugar.

All macronutrients have a main corresponding hormone gatekeeper. These are as follows:

  1. Carbohydrates have Insulin
  2. Protein has mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin)
  3. Leptin has Fat

Both weight loss and the development of chronic diseases are highly influenced, if not controlled and driven, by how well these three hormones work and play nicely together.

Even one short session of exercise does not only have an immediate impact on these three hormones but also on our brain and entire nervous system.

Exercise produces what I call a “challenge-response” in the nervous system. Although a challenge-response is a type of stress, it is good stress. This type of stress, such as learning, detox, exercise, and sleep, improves our body’s functions.

Exercise shifts our body into a better state instantly and it tends to stay in that state for the rest of the day and night for as long as up to 38 hours after your workout has been completed. This is however only true if we don’t get in its way.

Your body will essentially run more efficiently, resulting in an improved hormone balance, increased energy production, clearer brain chemistry, and thinking, and less inflammation. Your liver, kidneys, heart, and brain function will be better, while there will also be much less of the stress chemicals running through your system at the same time.

We include exercise and physical activity in all of our health programs to parallel the health support and hormonal work that we target each week. As we have used this strategy with hundreds, if not thousands of people, we have found there are definitely much better ways to approach physical activity and exercise than what is being done and taught out there.

Our exercise progression is done as follows:

  1. Stress relief Cardio. This includes things like walking, as well as recreational activities such as gardening and light stretching.
  2. Intensity training. This phase consists of burst training, peak training, High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), and weight lifting.
  3. Central Nervous System (CNS) workouts. These are performed while standing (weight-bearing) and include lifting heavy weights, as well as static contraction training.

As you transition from wherever you started from into this exercise progression model at a pace that is most suitable for you, you will quickly experience and see positive changes. Working together with you, we will determine the frequency and combination/rotation of these different intensity training and exercise concepts that are best suited to your unique requirements. This enables us to create a metabolic fitness regime that is ideally suited for your life, goals, and health needs all in one.

It has been shown that a combination of all three of these exercise models has a much higher metabolic and health impact due to the improvement in insulin resistance than any one of the exercise models has on its own.

This is the main reason why studies find that exercise does not help in losing weight. Those studies only look at a single model at a time and do not combine it with other models or concepts, or the appropriate hormonal eating and lifestyle to match.

This combination of exercise styles and the pace at which we introduce them along with the other Insulin Friendly Lifestyle strategies is the key to our success. This methodology results in fast and profound results in weight loss, body composition, and metabolic health improvement markers such as a decrease in blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, and waistline.

Let’s get moving together my friends, everything starts working better when we do!

We can do better!