You would think because we own a personal training studio in Ottawa our big bias would for toward more and more exercise. This is why when people discover us they are surprised to find we only recommend an hour or less of strength training each week.
When it comes to trying to burning off your fat stores, exercise has a small and specific shelf life. It isn’t a gradual thing and past a point adding more exercise slows your metabolism and increases your appetite. Any weight lost past this point actually weakens you over time.
As confusing as this may seem – this is your body’s natural ability to avoid starvation. Your body will eat it’s own muscle tissue rather than sacrifice organs and organ function…it is basically self-preservation.
What you need to know is it is recommended to get the equivalent of an hour of walking everyday but actual “exercise as medicine” should be high quality and limited quantity to avoid losing what you gain.
And yes this means that if you are getting your strength training in at least once a week and aren’t too sedentary you need to eat less to be less overweight.
We don’t make the rules we just play to win.
Be well, be strong,
Andrew and Tierney