Here, I burn 100 calories in under 90 seconds of working effort (video here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CD4pHqunGb5/). My peak sprints and lifts clock in at 88 kcal/minute, or more precisely ONE POUND OF FAT BURNED PER 40 MINUTES of actual training time. The average Americans won’t lose a pound of fat until they’ve completely starved for 1.5 to 3 days, or finished a 10-15 hour walk while totally fasted. No, really. Do the calculation.
Think long and hard about this. People have been telling me for over 30 years they are going to get fit by walks, jogs, yard work, hikes, and eating well. Guess what the vast majority of outcomes are. On the other hand, I have peers who lift weights, never do cardio, and are shredded year round. But what the hell do I know? I’ve only been studying this for over 30 years and been a wildly successful professional at this for nearly 20.
Here’s the deal; and friggin nobody wants to hear it or for it to be true: you must get STRONGER. That, and ONLY that, will put you in a position to burn more energy per minute. The clock is ticking. Always. You haven’t done 12 hour per day walks 7 days per week yet. You won’t start when you’re even weaker in another year or another five.
You must get fitter IN ADDITION to good eating. The eating is just non-negotiable. It’s a moral imperative to not eat like a total asshole. Whether you believe in a higher power or not, whether you believe in good stewardship toward the earth or not, if you believe at all in respect for your temple, don’t eat like a jerk. That will make you less bad, less worse, less wasteful of talents/advantage/benefit/privilege. But that won’t make you fitter. Only strengthening will.
I talk a lot about stress management. Who do you think manages stress better: weak people or strong people?
Obviously, don’t eat like a jerk. But sprint and lift something heavy, for the love of all that is good and sacred.