For a long time it was and still is widely accepted that the more exercise one does and with higher intensities, the more calories we burn at an indefinite rate. That’s the Additive Energy Model. 

With that idea in mind, it’s only logical to run for miles and miles each day and to do high intensity workouts until you puke, right?

So why isn’t it working? 

Let me introduce you to The Constrained Energy Model. This model explains why good intentions aside, that’s just not how it works. 

The idea that the harder we work, the more calories we burn is great in theory but what ends up happening is quite the opposite effect. As we reach a certain point in our workouts our body stops burning calories from it’s energy tank and starts to actually take it’s energy from other sources. 

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This is where over training shows up and everything good about exercise starts to go bad. This is where we start to see muscle getting broken down instead of rebuilt, your immune system weakens, and even your sleep is compromised from your hormones being out of sync. 

So what do we do about this?

We have to learn to manage our workouts in the gym and our lives outside of the gym. Start training with effective methods that are proven to get results and not just haphazardly throwing workouts together. We have to drop the mindset of training at high intensity or running marathons at all cost for a few more calories burned or just satisfying our egos. 

Contact me if you’re interested in learning more about how this is done. 

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