How can exercise help me avoid hitting a weight-loss plateau?
The foundation of weight loss is based on nutrition, but exercise is the next key step that helps you reach your goals. In this video, celebrity fitness trainer Chris Powell explains how you can use exercise to break through a weight loss plateau.
Muscle is the most active living tissue on the body. And so the more we have of it, it's just going to burn that many more calories.
When it comes to weight loss, the foundation of weight loss really is nutrition. That's where we can create this solid calorie deficit
and force the body into a catabolic state to-- to burn fat. But we use exercise to accelerate those results
that much-- that much more. So, you know, one of the-- actually, believe it or not, one of the most effective ways to lose weight and to lose body fat is to introduce nutrition first
to lose as much as you possibly can. And as your body begins to adapt to that nutrition program, then we play our next card in this little poker game
that we call weight loss. And that next card is exercise. So once we can begin exercise, now it's these moving muscles.
And moving muscles, all they're going to do is burn a lot more calories. Muscle is the most active living tissue on the body. And so the more we have of it, it's
just going to burn that many more calories. And-- but that's at rest. Now imagine if you put a muscle in motion.
Then it just turns into this calorie-burning machine. It's-- it's the furnace. So, you know, the-- the two things that we're always
looking to do when it comes to our muscle is build muscle, so we've got a big engine. And then we move that muscle, and we rev up that engine.
And those two things together is just going to get you that much faster. It's going to get you to your goals that much faster. So if you ever experience any kind of plateau,
there's a few different things that we can do as far as moving your muscle. We-- we employ what we call the FITT principle. Frequency-- it's an acronym, F-I-T-T. Frequency--
so instead of training, say, three days a week, you're going to move your muscle for four days a week. Intensity-- instead of, you know,
walking on a treadmill at a 3, bump it up to a 3.5. Time-- so instead of, you know, say,
walking or jogging or whatever for, say, 20 minutes, bump it up just 5 more minutes. Take it to 25 minutes. Or type-- so instead of walking, try cycling.
Instead of cycling, try rowing. So we're constantly switching those few things up, and that's how we can break through any plateau. [AUDIO LOGO]
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