Episode 87. Metabolism in Relation to Biochemical and Hormonal Reality

Dec 18, 2017 | 0 comments

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Show Notes

Scott explores blind spots in exercise and training, particularly the over-emphasis on calorie burning. Observations into strategies that actually work and “yield dividends”.


Training and Diet Strategies: a Financial Analogy


  • When you think about exercise classes, what’s your first observation? Scott and his audience make general observations.
  • Why are exercise classes mostly attended by women? Appeal in being a part of a group? Fear of the weight room? Fear of “bulking up”? Something else?
  • Overall biochemical and hormonal health are a lot like a bank account. Calorie burning is like spending only, but a good diet and training strategy should be an investment in overall health. A wise approach strikes a balance.
  • Focus on boot camps or cardio won’t pay dividends. Cardio only pays dividends when performed short term and if returning from a long lay-off.
  • Similarly, metabolic training needs to be balanced with sound hypertrophy training. Training for mass stimulates an optimized metabolism, however, women often resist this because the activity isn’t continuous like most “calorie burning” exercises, and they fear it will develop bulky muscles.
  • Fitness classes over-emphasize burning calories. Calorie burning is not the same as burning off body fat. Metabolism must be fed, not starved.
  • Healthy whole foods and the right kind of workouts are crucial investments.
  • Following the analogy, diet by deprivation is like a tax cut that could be expensive long-term if tax-related benefits are reduced later.
  • Success leaves clues. Physiques provide evidence of what type of approach actually works and yields dividends.
  • Observe and compare people who maintain enviable physiques year-round: those who do mostly cardio or fitness classes and others who do only resistance training.
  • Observe quality and physique improvement. Scott provides examples of women from his own gym who do no cardio and attend no boot camps and who look better than any in the fitness classes.
  • Being observant to what works and what doesn’t is vital to learning and improvement.