From the Desk of Dr. Len
2018 Diet and Exercise Facts You Need To Know
Dr. Len Lopez – Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Here are some important facts to consider for your new year’s health and fitness resolution.
Yes, exercise will help you burn more calories! But NO…it doesn’t automatically guarantee that you will burn stored body fats!
Your metabolism, is designed to burn calories to produce energy! It does this by breaking down calories from either fats, carbohydrates or proteins. Those are the only 3 options. I like the analogy of a fireplace and the 3 different types of logs.
Whatever energy you do or don’t have throughout your day is based on your metabolism’s ability to burn any or all of those 3 fuel sources.
The Biggest problem for most people who struggle with their weight and or lack of energy, usually has more to do with the fact that their metabolism has shifted from burning fats 24/7 to burning more carbs and protein (lean muscle) throughout the day. This is also why so many people struggle with cellulite. They’re burning up lean muscle (proteins) – instead of fats for energy. Test your metabolism.
The wrong diet, the wrong workout routine or too much stress will shift your metabolism from burning fats (including stored body fats) to burning more calories from carbs and proteins.
Fyi…too much cortisol and adrenaline racing through your body from all the stress in your life will shift your metabolism and keep you from burning stored body fats and thwart that good diet and exercise program.
Not all exercise is the same! Just because you exercise, doesn’t mean you are going to lose weight. Some exercise is designed to help your heart and cardiovascular system. Other exercise programs are designed to add shape and tone to your body. Which one are you after? Maybe both!
Muscle weighs more than fat! If you are adding lean muscle to your body, while at the same time burning stored body fat – you may not move the scale that much or at all. So, don’t be too concerned with your weight. Focus more on what you see in the mirror and how your clothes fit. That will give you a much better indicator to your progress.
Weighing yourself everyday is a mistake! Weigh yourself no more than once a week. A good, healthy weight loss program will help you lose one to two pounds a week. I’d be leary of any program that talks about dropping 5 pounds a week or 20 pounds in a month! Remember a good diet and fitness program should be something you can follow for months and years – not just for 2-4 weeks!
Exercise is a double-edge sword. It can help you lose weight and add muscle, but exercise can be stress producing. Can your body handle the additional stress? Take the Stress Test. Exercise is a form of stress! Walking for Most people is stress reducing. On the other hand weight training, boot camps, spins classes, cross fit, running, etcetera – are stress producing. Can your body handle the additional stress?
The 2 important things you need to know about exercise is that the more ‘physical’ stress you place on your body the more rest you need! Also, the more intense the workout – the more testosterone and growth hormone you produce. That’s a good thing because these 2 hormones help your body add lean muscle and burn fat.
I’ll discuss more in the days to come, but hope this was helpful. Feel free to use our online health quizzes in your quest for better health and fitness and signup for our newsletter. Also, a lot of what I talk about will be found in “To Burn or Not to Burn – Fat is the Question” or “The 10 Biggest Workout Mistakes.” I appreciate your time and hope you come back for more insight.