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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Is The Biggest Loser Sending The Right Message For Fat Loss? Part 3

It looks like they do interval training with contestants, which is a good thing because interval training creates an after effect on your metabolism (intense resistance training does this too). What I mean is, you are able to burn a lot more calories for a lot longer after your workout is over if you perform an intense interval training session.

So here’s point 3: stay away from long, slow cardio sessions for fat loss. It’s not optimal and it slowly eats away your muscle tissue if you go for too long. That’s not good because the more lean muscle you have, the higher your metabolism will be. The after effect (called EPOC) on your metabolism only lasts for a few minutes after your workout too.

***EPOC – excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. This means your metabolism is higher than it was when you started the workout. You want your EPOC to last as long as possible because that means you will be burning a lot more calories then you were before you started. Doing long, slow cardio has an EPOC effect of only a few minutes. Interval training has an EPOC effect of 3-4 hours and when you combine a full body resistance session with interval training your EPOC can last up to two days. That’s pretty incredible***

So do interval training. If you would like to learn the proper way to perform interval training, I give an in-depth example in my 5-day E-course, which you can grab at

Saying all that, it is a great thing that people can make a true commitment to changing their lives. It’s not an easy thing to do and I have all the respect in the world for the contestants.

Just remember that your conditions are not even close to the same as theirs are. I saw a comeback show a few months ago with former contestants and I think all of them put weight back on, some up to 30-40 pounds. It’s not easy folks. It takes discipline and a willingness to work hard if you want the long lasting effects.

Your body will change the way you want it too when you’re completely ready and willing to make the commitment to change.

Just to rap up this longer than I intended to go rant, I’m not saying that The Biggest Loser sucks and you shouldn’t watch it. I’m just saying, don’t get frustrated by your results or give up because you didn’t lose 15 pounds your first week of training. That’s ridiculous.

Go out and work hard by doing the best you can. That means not doing things you know are wrong…like fast food, diet pop, etc. Just don’t do them.

You’ll get the body you desire if you absolutely want it bad enough. If you actually want it bad enough you’ll find the ways to make it happen.

Okay, I’ll finish with a ‘thought’ for you. I went to the Biggest Loser site and the member forum and I saw a post from somebody joking and asking, ‘is it wrong that I ate Oreos during the show?’. And my response and question to you is this…Is it EVER right to eat Oreos in the first place? You know the answer to that because you’re on your way to reaching your fat loss, right?

Dan Grant

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Urban Warrior Incorporated said...

Hey Dan,

This is Scott Buendia of Urban Warrior Incorporated in Tigard, OR. You are so right about interval training and we use it all the time to give clients the results they want. Long Slow Distance cardio is an outdated model for cardio, thanks for bringing the truth!

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