Burn Baby Burn
Monday, January 04, 2016
BURN BABY BURN!
Watching the current iteration of "fitness" commercials on television and in other media I notice an emphasis on how many calories each piece of equipment or technique "burns". Burn is a handy but inaccurate term to use,
Definition: Calorie: A unit of food energy. The word calorie is ordinarily used instead of the more precise, scientific term kilocalorie. A kilocalorie represents the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of a liter of water 1' centigrade at sea level. Technically, a kilocalorie represents 1,000 true calories of energy.
My problem with these advertisements is twofold, first the emphasis is on cardio based exercise which is user friendly exercise but the least effective one for general overall fitness, cardio has no post exercise metabolic carryover (EPOC). Secondly I am afraid that this misplace emphasis on calories burned will lead people to not pay proper attention to their nutrition and caloric intake.
The formula for fat loss is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise (15% resistance training and 5% cardio) but resistance training is not something which sells for multiple reasons not the least being you cannot multi task while doing it. There is an assumption that you need a gym membership or a room full of space grabbing expensive equipment to do resistance training which is not true. At the bottom level all you need to do resistance training is the contents of your skin suit, it is called bodyweight training. Resistance bands are cheap and effective, travel well and hide in your underwear drawer when not in use. Suspension trainers other than the overpriced ones marked TRX are moderately inexpensive and Aldi was selling a rudimentary over the door version for $15.00 USD last week.
In my opinion burn baby burn is about a proper balance of resistance training and cardio in the ration of 3 to 1.
What are your thoughts?