Thursday, March 20, 2008

Burn Calories While You Sleep?

Is there really something that can burn calories while you sleep?...I mean legitimately.

Back in the 90s dietary companies would make claims that if you took such and such supplement right before you went to bed you'd lose X amount of fat. Not knowing every supplement that made this claim, I can't generalize, but as a large majority of them this wouldn't be the case.

The great thing is is there is in fact something that can help you burn body fat even while you sleep.

What's the secret? Well if you've been to one of my seminars you'll know there are no secrets so maybe I should say, "What's the key?"

Resistance Training!

I know you were probably wanting something that didn't require work but really anything that is worth getting (and is long lasting) is hard to get.

Mom was right!

Fat loss is simple, but requires hard work and a long term approach...but you can do it!

The research shows that resistance training works, not just for building muscle, correcting injuries, building bone, strengthen the heart, lowering LDL cholesterol, raising HDL cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, etc, etc, but for BURNING BODY FAT WHILE YOU SLEEP!

One study I particularly like is:
Schuenke MD, Mikat RP, McBride JM. Effect of an acute period of resistance exercise on excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC): implications for body fat management. Eur J Appl Physiol 2002 Mar;86(5):411-7.

This study looked at the effects of circuit weight training on how long it took subjects to recover their metabolism to pre-exercise levels after finishing the session.

The exercise routine consisted of three exercises (the bench press, the power clean, and the squat), performed with 10 RM (rep max.) loads as a circuit (moving from one exercise to the next with little rest).

The circuit was performed 4 times per week for 12 totals sets and took 31 minutes each time.

Now for the good stuff. The study showed that their metabolic rates were elevated for 38 hours post workout (possibly longer as this was when the researchers stopped measuring).

The length and magnitude of the elevated metabolic rate observed strongly points towards high intensity resistance training for fat loss.

So in fact you can burn body fat while you are sleeping for
as I'm assuming that in that 38 hour time period you'd be sleeping at some point unless you're like my brother who pulls all nighters on occasion. So get your metabolism revved up over this Easter long weekend to burn off some of that yummy food. Remember, summer's just around the corner!

If you are interested in getting started with some thing check out Turbulence Training.


p.s. I'm doing two more fitness seminars next week at a couple businesses in Vancouver so I just wanted to ask you if a company you know of or the company you work at is interest in having someone come in to speak during the lunch hour, please let me know as I'd be happy to contact them. Thanks!
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JO said...

Thanks for the advice and information.

Aiyana said...

Exercising and eating healthy is key to burning calories. I like to get free diet plans online, I get a lot of great ideas.