Fat Loss Interrogation

By Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN

   
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Dan:  

Yeah, I mean, letís take, you know, Henry, who has a corporate job and he works, like, say, nine to six, like most jobs. He gets home by, like, seven.

Even when he gets home at seven, he still wants to play with his kids, he still wants to watch TV. Whereís he gonna find two or three hours to actually make his next five to six meals for the next day?

Itís impractical and, at the same time, they donít have to do it, because it doesnít necessarily work that way. It wonít elevate your metabolism because you eat five, six meals as opposed to, like, three meals, so, you know, when I hear people doing thatóand, honestly, I used to do it myself.

I used to tell my clientsÖI used to be part of this myth myself. Iím gonna lie to anybody; I used to tell my clients, ďHey, you gotta eat five to six meals a day. You gotta speed up that metabolism.Ē

I mean, I was the one giving this advice as well, so if anybody has been following this advice, I mean, I donít blame you whatsoever.

Yuri:  

Yeah, you learn as you go.

Dan:  

Yeah, exactly, you know? I found out itís a myth, I tried it on my own body, and I also did an experiment with my clients as well, and theyíve all actually experienced decreased body fat, decreased weight, and just higher energy levels in generally and also better levels of feeling satiated.

Yuri:  

Yeah, and thatís actually the other thing with intermittent fasting or fasting in general, is that you donít have this constant feeling of being full or bloated or whatever it is.

You actually gave your body time to digest and spend more of its energy on other things other than just kind of the breaking down of food. That has a lot of health benefits, which a lot of people donít think about.

I think from, maybe you can elaborate on this, but in my experience, when I talk about intermittent fasting to people, one of the biggest objections that come up is, ďWell, if I donít eat anything for twelve hours or a whole day, isnít that gonna hurt my metabolism? Isnít it gonna slow it down?Ē

And the reality is that it doesnít. I mean, if you donít eat anything for a week, then thatís a different story. What are some of the common objections or obstacles that people have presented to you in relation to intermittent fasting or maybe even the way you approach your workouts?

Dan:  

Well, I think in terms of the way I approach intermittent fasting, you know, the biggest objectionóand this is based on, you know, what everybodyís been told through, like, Oprah, Dr. Oz, and all these fitness magazines and stuffóitís just that, ďAre you serious? I donít have to eat breakfast?Ē

And then, honestly, it takes, like, literally, that is the very first question that they ask me. People say, ďOh, I was never really a breakfast person, but I started eating breakfast because I was told it was the most important meal of the day.Ē

And then Iíd have to kind of retell them and also make them relearn the fact that no, you donít necessarily need to eat breakfast to stoke your metabolic fire, all right? Itís actually perfectly fine to wait ítil, like, 12 p.m. or even wait a full twenty-four hours to not even have a meal if you feel like you wanna take on a fast, and it wonít have any effect on your metabolism.

Now, the other objections I have is that sometimes people may feel, especially women, they may feel a little bit more moody if they reach that sixteen-hour period of not eating, so what I tell people is that, you know, donít be too dogmatic in the approach of fasting.

Honestly, if you wanna cut the fast early and you wanna eat a little bit earlier, thatís totally fine. And I found that with women especially, if they do a fourteen-hour fast instead of a sixteen-hour fast, itís better for their mood levels as well.

You know, guys can go on a sixteen-hour fast pretty much with no problems whatsoever, but Iíve had women go on the sixteen-hour fast and they are just, Iím just gonna say just moody in general. Iím not gonna say anything else; they are just moody. So, what I do is, you know, I just cut that fast a little bit shorter with women.

And the other thing is is that someone may feel bloated when they first try the fast, and even guys may feel a little bit bloated when they first try out the fast. Now, Iíd like to say that I have an idea of why this is in the first place but I donít. What I can say is that the bloating feeling will go away after a while.

Now, in terms of the metabolic-resistance training, we get people to work out for, like, at least less than twenty minutes a day and at least three days a week. Now, probably the biggest objection as we get to the metabolic-resistance training is that, you know, itís just hard.

You have to go intense for that whole twenty minutes, and, you know, losing weight and burning fat, I hate to break everybodyís bubble but itís not easy, all right? I mean, once people realize how hard changing their body is, it actually does become easier, because you know you have to put in certain types of work to actually get to your goals, whether it be weight loss, body composition, you know, whatever it is.

So, the workouts, you know, as hard as they are, they actually work, and if you can actually get through themónot even if you can get through them, but if you can actually bring yourself to do them on a consistent basis, just like any program, youíre gonna see results.

I think thatís the main thing about the metabolic-resistance training program. It works, you donít have to spend a lot of time with it; the only thing is, you just gotta do it as intensely as possible, to the best of your ability, just like anything in the world.

You know, if you want anything bad enough, you gotta want it and you gotta do it and you gotta just go through those obstacles; whatever it takes to get to your goals, thatís what you gotta do, you know?

So, those are the main objections I see with both the metabolic-resistance training exercises and also the intermittent fasting, but at the same time they both work. In my opinion, everybody should be doing them.

 

 

 

 

 

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