It’s not your metabolism, it’s your NEAT that’s stopping you from losing fat!
The truth is, most people don’t want to lose weight because they are afraid of gaining it back. They’re scared of being overweight again.
But if you really think about it, why would anyone want to gain weight? Why do some people get addicted to drugs or alcohol while others just binge drink once in awhile? If someone was truly addicted to something, wouldn’t they stop doing it when they got high?
Of course not.
So why does everyone keep gaining weight even though they aren’t eating enough?
Because their bodies are telling them that it’s okay to gain weight, but their minds are saying no!
Your body isn’t going to let you eat all those extra calories you’ve been consuming. You need to start burning those excess ones off by exercising instead.
And what better way to burn those extra calories than with cardio?
Cardio burns more calories than just sitting around doing nothing. It’s a proven fact that people who run on a regular basis tend to have lower body weights than other people. (
1) What happens is, your heart beats faster and you breathe harder during running which causes blood flow throughout your body.
This helps you burn up those extra calories you were previously consuming through food. That’s why you shouldn’t just sit around and do nothing. Instead, choose to run or ride a bike. If you can’t run or walk far distances, then just start small and work your way up.
It’s all about making progress and not giving up when times get tough.
Doing cardio more often will help you lose weight and keep it off for good. It also lowers your chances of having a heart attack or getting other heart diseases. (
2) And since your body gets used to the same routine, it won’t take long for you to get tired of it.
But if you really want to lose weight and keep it off for good, then you’ll have to increase your effort. You could start going on longer runs or rides, or do other types of cardio like swimming or aerobics. You’ll feel tired at first, but your body will get used to it in no time. It’s all about making yourself do something that you don’t want to do, but know is good for you in the long run.
People today have a habit of not wanting to exercise or go on a diet. Many would rather eat fast food because it’s easy and cheap, rather than having to cook at home. And others go out of their way just to avoid cardio altogether. But the thing is, if you don’t start taking better care of yourself now, you’ll eventually suffer the consequences.
I don’t want to sound like your mother, but when you eat food high in fat and starch, you’ll feel lethargic and lazy. And when you do cardio on a regular basis, you feel energetic and happier about yourself. You have to find the right balance when it comes to eating and exercise because both are vital for a healthy lifestyle.
I know it can be hard to do either one at times, but you have to make the choice of whether you want to be fat and miserable for the rest of your life or live a little healthier and happier. The choice is up to you.
I hope I’ve given you something to think about.
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A NEAT Way to Fat Loss–Part by M Mollica – A+ A, 2013 – ironmagazine.com
Max Out Your Metabolism with These 7 Steps by J Kuhn – jameskuhnnutritionfitness.com