When I go into a store with too many choices I get overwhelmed and more often than not, I walk out with nothing. Choices are good to have but too many choices can work against you. The same can be said about information… too much information clutters the brain and you end up not retaining anything.
That’s the problem with the interwebs. Personally I have a love-hate relationship with it. I love it, because it allows me to have access to information I would’ve never had 20 years ago. I hate it, because there’s way too much information and figuring out what’s legit and what’s not becomes a real pain in the butt.
Although easy accessibility to information is wonderful BUT it can also cause problems as well. For instance, just the other day, I was talking to a friend of mine and the subject of training came up. He’s a bit of a fitness junkie… although it’s not his profession… and regularly scours the interwebs for the latest information on anything to do with health and fitness.
As you can imagine, we get into some pretty detailed conversations about health, fitness, nutrition and diet. Although for the most part it’s completely fine, there are times when the conversation can get a little heated. We have our differences in opinion and we can usually agree to disagree… but this particular discussion wasn’t headed for an amicable “let bygones be bygones” type of conclusion.
The topic of discussion was the length of training time.
Before I go any further, I should mention that my friend was overweight a few years back. In fact, he’s present interest in fitness started as a result of he’s weight loss journey and he’s been into it ever since. I think what he’s done is amazing… the same way I feel about anyone who’s been able to shed weight and transform their bodies. But here’s the issue, since he’s been training, he’s never trained less than 2 hours a day. Most days he’ll train up to 3 hours a day!
You do NOT need to train 2 - 3 hours a day, unless you’re a competitive athlete (which he is not). For him, other than an occasional 10k race and an obstacle run, he trains for the sake of keeping in shape.
I asked him why he trains so much and he replied… “because I have to or else I’ll gain weight and get fat again”.
His answer really struck a cord with me. I couldn’t believe that he never came to me for advice. It’s my profession…I give advice to people that want to lose weight and get lean and fit everyday. Instead, he resorted to the “interwebs” for information that’s gotten him on a hamster wheel.
Interestingly, he’s quite aware of the benefits of short high intensity training…especially when it comes to fat burning. He’s read countless studies and articles…but he just can’t get his head around the concept that he can burn more calories (from fat) while training less. So he’s resorted to informing himself (on the interwebs) with information that further strengthens he’s beliefs…the calories in calories out methodology. That’s why he trains hard 2 - 3 hours a day. In his mind he has to burn a certain amount of calories a day, or else he’s in trouble of gaining weight.
You can see where the discussion went sideways. We went back and forth for sometime, but I knew that I wasn’t going to change his mind, so instead of possibly damaging our friendship, I backed off and let the conversation simmer down until we were able to change subjects and carry on like normal friends again.
Although we haven’t talked about it since, I’m worried about him, because I know that he can’t keep this up. Eventually he’ll burn out or get injured. Hopefully he’ll change his mind and realize that he doesn’t need to train so long and hard, before he’s body breaks down.
Which brings me to the my point. If you’re goal is to get lean and fit and stay that way for the long term, you DO NOT need to work out for hours on end, just to “burn off” calories. There are much more effective ways to burn fat, lose weight and get fit.
Take MAX Workouts for example. You only need to workout 20 - 30 minutes a day (not 2 - 3 hours) along with a sensible low carb / high fat diet to maximize your body’s fat burning and lean muscle building potential. And if you still don’t believe that you can burn fat and get lean without working out more than 20 - 30 minutes a day… check out these people who did.
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