The Truth About How to Burn Holiday Fat

By: Holly Rigsby

"Activity is not Achievement"

Does the solution to losing those unwanted holiday pounds really lie in doing more cardio? We justwrapped up a 6-week period where we were bombarded with strategies to burn off the dreaded holiday weight gain that sound great in theory but don't measure up in the real world.

They tell you that the more active you are, the more calories you burn, right? Sure, but how much time do you have? If "moving more" is THE solution, are you ready to make the time to add in the extra activity?

Did you eat a piece of pumpkin pie with whipped cream? Well it taked a lot of 'activity' to burn 450 calories.

Misleading Solution - Brisk Walking, to burn 3-5.7 calories per minute. So do you have 80 to 150 extra minutes just to burn this one indulgence off? What about all the other treats you indulged in over the holidays?

Do you want to Maintain or Achieve?

"So go ahead and indulge, just plan on some extra time on the treadmill, and you will be back to your pre-holiday weight."

This is a quote that is floating around out there that comforts us as we go back for second helpings!

Yes, there is a difference between maintaining your weight after the holidays vs. getting back to having the body you want.

Extended periods of cardio offer little return for the precious time you invest. Beating the holiday bulge is more than how many calories you burn during a workout. Rather, the solution lies in increasing and maintaining lean muscle through short burst exercise.

Cardio does nothing to increase muscle and in come cases actually breaks down your muscle! Unlike traditional cardio, short burst exercise will boost your metabolism and increase the number of calories your burn 24-7, essentially making your body work for you!

Do not abandon the basic principles of Fat Loss following the holidays. Working longer and harder will not get you faster results. Stop wasting your time with hours of traditional cardio.

Your Post-Holiday Fat Loss Solution lies in moderation and Short Burst Resistance Training and Intervals. With as little as 90 minutes a week, you can lose up to 2 pounds of fat. Practice a bit of balance and moderation with your diet and your results will be even greater! So integrate Short Burst Training into your New Year's Plan and watch those holday pounds disappear!

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