Hi everybody, Kris Stokes from Custom Fitness personal training studio, where your health comes first. Today’s topic, I don’t care how many calories you burned at your last workout. I’m not trying to sound insensitive or mean. I just want to speak some truth about this topic today because it really is something that comes into play a lot. People are measuring their calories on their Fitbits or on their machines that they’re on at the gym or during classes that they’re supposed to burn 1,000 calories. People get all revved up on those and what does it lead to? It leads to over consumption of food, typically.

Don’t Be Confused And Misled By The Media

With the industry in health and fitness growing at the rate that it has been, so often people get stuck in past truths and they just aren’t able to keep up with current science. Let me give you an example of this. It would be the egg theory, where years ago all the media and marketing was pushing towards eggs having a negative health effect, and then all of a sudden eggs were good for our health. And then, they were bad for our health again. Now, the yolks are good for us, so are the albumen’s good for us. It’s back and forth, and now people are just terrified of eggs. Same thing happened with potatoes and with dairy. There’s a ton of things that we’ve used or abused media on and it’s confused our population.

Everybody is confused as to what to do now. In the idea of this, we’re talking about how in general we’ve taken too many liberties on generalizing simple truths. There’s a lot of simple truths out there, one liners that make a lot of sense, but they’re not the whole puzzle. In this instance, we’re talking about calories in verses calories out equals weight loss. Simple enough statement and It makes sense. You put fuel in, you burn fuel off, you lose weight. That’s why so many people do calorie restricted diets and end up in such poor health later on, because they’re only looking at one piece of the puzzle. This is a great formula if you live in a bubble. But, if you don’t live in a bubble and you happen to have a human body, then your body has so many more processes going on that this cannot be the stand-alone thing that you hold onto in order to get healthy and lose body fat. While it’s true at a certain level, you can’t exercise a bad diet. You have to fuel your daily activities.

Here’s Where The Bubble Bursts

We all wanna believe that exercise is the main component of weight loss, fat loss, body reshaping, all those things, even though that we know deep down that it truly isn’t. Why do we do that? I believe that it’s because exercise is truly the easiest thing to control for most people. Most people do not hinge exercise on emotional well-being. If you’ve had a bad day, you might go in the kitchen and eat some cookies, but you’re probably not going to go hop on that treadmill and bust out 30 miles just because you had a bad day. Not saying there aren’t people who do that, but for the most part, general people don’t. If you think about it, it’s also easy to control because it’s such a small portion of time each week. It’s really not taking up most of your time. It feels like it some days and can be like “I really don’t wanna go do this, it’s gonna take so much time. I’ve got this and this and this to do”. But in truth, it’s not taking that much time. Let’s put this into numbers for those of you that really like numbers. If you exercise 30 minutes a day seven days a week, that’s three and a half hours. Three and a half hours. That’s great.

You exercised for three and a half hours this week. Let’s say that you burned 800 calories at each workout. That’s like 5,600 calories. Yay, you. That’s awesome. Except that it’s kinda not. Here’s where the bubble bursts. While it sounds great to burn 5,600 calories, what about the 164 1/2 hours during the week that you weren’t burning calories? Or at least as high of them? What about the other 10,000 plus calories that you consumed that week? What about those? How’s that helping your process? You can see that you can exercise more, but it’s really only gonna cause you to crave more. This isn’t a message of doom, it’s just simply how your body works. Let me give you an example here. Envision your car. You fill it up with a quarter tank of gas and then hop in it and decide to go on a quick trip to New York. Something tells me that as you hop in and you start driving, you’re probably not gonna make it very far towards New York. You might make it a little ways. You’re gonna get out of town probably. But, then it’s going to stop. When it stops working, you have two choices.

You can either A, get out and start kicking the car for stopping and you not understanding what is wrong with it and why it broke down. Or, you can understand that the car needs more fuel in order to complete your envisioned trip. So, you see, how the car burned up the gas is just like how your body burns up calories. While that’s great because it’s doing what it’s supposed to do, as we use calories we’re burning them up, it isn’t as important as how your car burned the gas. Does that make sense? Did it use it efficiently? Did it give you great highway mileage or did it just run through it like an old junker? That’s kind of what we’re looking at with your body. It’s the same story. The number of calories that you burn during your workout doesn’t excite me as much as how much muscle you were able to stimulate and how much intensity was put into your workout to be able to help make your body more metabolically efficient. This is going to lead you to overall better health and transformed physique. Why? Because now, during those 164 1/2 hours during the week that you’re not exercising, you’re gonna be burning a ton more calories just sitting there doing nothing.

Efficient Metabolisms

Whether you’re at your desk, you’re sleeping, you’re watching TV, maybe some great videos on Facebook, whatever it may be, you’ll be burning more calories because you just made your body more metabolically efficient. That’s what we specialize in. We specialize in helping our clients create maximally efficient metabolisms so that they’re not having to work as hard during each and every workout. I’m not saying they don’t work hard during a workout. Don’t tell my clients that I said that because they won’t believe you. They work incredibly hard. But, we teach their bodies to work even harder without them having to put in the effort. That’s what we’re talking about here. Instead of just thinking about calories in versus calories out, how can I eat less and make my body different? Instead of that, think about how can I change the physique of my body, not only externally but internally. How can I make it look and perform healthier and better from the inside out?

If that’s something that you would like support with, please let me know. I’d be happy to get in touch with you right away and just see if we can help out, if this would be a good fit for you. Feel free to give us a call at 806-322-3188. Hopefully this was an eye opening post for you.

Have a great day!