After 16 years as a personal trainer I have experienced many clients/gym members becoming obsessed with ‘losing weight’. Many clients first come to me saying they would like to lose 2 or 3 stone in weight rather than in body fat which is the key factor. However I do not blame them for making this mistake as many magazines and adverts for diets or new gym fad equipment states that they help you lose weight. I always ask “why 2 to 3 stone?” With my kind of training I aim to get an idea of what the clients body fat level are and how they have got into their current position. I then begin to develop a training and nutrition plan to help the client reduce their body fat levels in the quickest yet safest time possible.
Another false promotion in many magazines is that cardiovascular work on its own is the best way of reducing body fat. As soon as you get off of the cardio kit you have been using, the calorie burn stops. Even though you might burn less calories at the time of weight training to cardio training, you can burn more calories by up to 48 hours after the weight training session. This is due to the recovery from weight training and the added muscle requiring more calories per day ‘to stay alive’. So you naturally burn more calories per day without even reducing your calorie intake.
The problem many people find in reducing body fat is all the conflicting advice in many publications. My advice is to mix your cardiovascular and resistance training, very similar to your crossfit style of training but make sure the program you follow is specific to your body and your goals. Also make sure that your nutrition and hydration program is also specific to you. This will make sure that you are doing everything in your power to get into the best shape of your life and to stay that way.