When we think about weight loss, our first inclination is t sign up for the gym. We take a tour, sign our name on the dotted line… and never go.
Ironically, while strength training and cardio can put us in a more significant state of health, it should never be our first avenue for weight loss.
Exercising is great for health. It can help you live a longer, happier, life. It can boost your memory and does a lot to improve your quality of life.
However, your daily metabolism is the vast majority of your caloric burn every day. While working out can boost that some, your physical exercise is only about 10-30% of your training.
And, it can boost your desire to eat more.
Which is why you can get so frustrated by working out and not losing weight.
So you need to pay attention to your calories. Calories are the entire key to weight loss.
One of the key pieces of research that I had never heard of before is that they had studied aboriginal tribes and discovered that, on average, they burn about the same amount of calories as the sedentary American.
So the big difference is in portion control and the availability of food.
But, we live in a world where there is no incentive to eat less. There is only incentive to get people to pay for gyms and to eat more, with millions being invested in creating the fakest, most tasty food possible.
So, as you hop on your bike, don’t be disheartened. You are increasing your cardiovascular stress resistance. You are boosting your immunity. You are growing your brain power.
But remember that the real weight loss battle starts when you get off the bicycle. It starts with tracking what you eat.