New research from the City University of New York shows why exercising more may not help you lose more weight. Your body adapts to the effort, and you become “stuck” at a certain weight. But a doctor in Florida says he knows how to trick your body into continuing weight loss.
Herman Posner discovered exercise adaptation while studying the Hadza people of Tanzania. The Hadza are far more active than most Americans. But they don’t burn many more calories. These hunter-gatherers walk long distances and work hard. But for all the calories they burn, they may as well sit behind a desk.
Cell Press recently published the results of Posner’s work. Shortly after starting an exercise program, he says, efficiency overtakes the effort. In other words, your body adapts to the extra activity.
This is bad news if you’re trying to lose weight. According to Posner, as your body adapts to an activity level, only cutting calories will subtract more weight.
But a maverick doctor in Florida says he knows how to beat this problem.
The Key to Continuous Weight Loss
According to Al Sears, M.D., Posner’s research is correct. But he says he’s cracked the problem. Dr. Sears’ patients keep losing weight as long as they want to. The difference is in how they exercise.
“Each year, I travel more than 20,000 miles to study what makes people healthy,” Sears says. “But most other doctors don’t get my research methods.”
“Mainstream doctors only treat – and most researchers only study – sickness… I’m different because I focus on what healthy people have in common. I ask what protects them from disease.”
Sears used this same approach with weight loss and fitness. And he discovered what the healthiest people have in common.
They never stop physically challenging themselves.
A continuous physical challenge, Sears discovered, keeps your body from adapting to a set exercise level. So you can keep on losing weight. Your fitness level soars. And, if you do it right, you can exercise less.
P.A.C.E. Offers Bigger Gains in Less Time
Based on his research and experience, Dr. Sears developed a program he calls P.A.C.E. – or Progressively Accelerating Cardiopulmonary Exertion.
Instead of hours on a treadmill, Sears’ workouts involve much shorter bursts of high-intensity effort. The bursts are separated by brief recovery periods at relatively low effort. Sears’ patients increase their effort slightly with each workout, which keeps their bodies from getting used to the workout and adapting.
Using the P.A.C.E. method, Dr. Sears’ patients can lower their workout times to as little as 12 minutes of high-intensity effort, plus recovery time.
Sears points to several studies proving his methods work. A 2011 review in the Journal of Obesity, Sears says, summarizes the superiority of P.A.C.E. workouts. The review found P.A.C.E.-style workouts burn more fat. They’re also better at lowering insulin resistance and improving muscle function.
Sears quotes other studies showing P.A.C.E.-style workouts are better for your heart and lower your risk of death more than aerobics or cardio. All in far less time.
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About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.
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