In last Tuesday’s THB, I introduced you to PACE®, Dr. Al Sears’ “native fitness” program. It’s a one-of-a-kind exercise plan designed around short bursts of intense exertion that mimic the demands placed on our ancient ancestors.
What’s so extraordinary about PACE® is that it totally contradicts modern exercise advice. And that’s a good thing, because as Dr. Sears says, “Practice these misconceived notions long enough and they will further rob you of the native fitness you were built to enjoy.”
Take “fat burning” for instance. Many “experts” tell you that cardio is essential to burn off your body fat and get lean. But the fact is, when you burn fat while exercising, it signals your body that you used up fat, so your body will make more for the next time you exercise!
That’s a fact that most fitness trainers don’t even seem to know! And it’s so important, I’ll say it again.
Your body becomes efficient at building and preserving fat for a continuous mid-level cardio workout in which you burn 55% of your energy from fat. While your body is busy preserving fat, it sacrifices muscle and lean tissue from your internal organs.
But that doesn’t happen with PACE® because the high-intensity, short-burst exercises send a totally different signal to your body. Your body is never trained to store fat because you’re burning carbs instead of fat in short bursts of exercise.
And this brings me to another good point. The most important changes occur after, not during, your workout session. With the short-interval PACE® program, your body maximizes fat “after burn” while replenishing the carbs you burned during your workout —and the fat disappears for good!
Here’s the proof.
Researchers at Laval University in Quebec divided participants into two groups: long-duration and repeated short-duration exercisers. They had the long-duration group cycle 45 minutes without interruption. The short-term interval group cycled in numerous short bursts of 15-90 seconds, while resting in between.
The long duration group burned twice as many calories, so you would assume they would burn more fat. However, when the researchers recorded their body composition measurements, the interval group showed that they lost the most fat.
In fact, the interval group lost 9 times more fat than the endurance group for every calorie burned. Doesn’t this defy the laws of physics? No, it just illustrates that exercise continues to affect your metabolism after you stop. The short bursts stimulated a greater after burn and that resulted in fat loss.
And that brings me to…
Exercise Like Your Life Depended On It!
Having quick access to extra “turbo” power is what kept our caveman ancestors alive in their native environment. (They ate their food or their food ate them!) In modern man, this reserve capacity is sadly lacking. Part of the reason is that we’ve been told not to exceed our aerobic “threshold’ when we exercise —that’s the point when our anaerobic pathways kick in and we pant as we exercise.
But this advice doesn’t help you one bit. Only by exceeding aerobic capacity will your lung strength increase. You must create an oxygen debt through high-intensity workouts to improve lung volume and raise the amount of oxygen you can produce.
And that’s what PACE® accomplishes. It challenges you to exercise at a pace you can’t sustain for more than a short period. Over time, your body adapts to the challenge by increasing its lung volume and power. That’s the turbo power you need.
In my next PACE® brief, I’ll dispel the lactic acid fallacy that’s been circulating in fitness circles for far too long.
Are Your Lungs Dying?
If you do nothing about it, the cells in your lungs are dying off faster than you replace them. By the time you’re fifty, 40% of your lung capacity will be gone! This will rob you of your energy and strength. And it makes you an easy target for chronic disease…
I’m Dr. Al Sears and I’ve seen thousands of my own patients boost their lungpower and reverse disease. The technique I give them is so revolutionary, the US Patent Office recently trademarked it!
In just minutes a day you’ll get back the lungpower of a 20-year-old. And that extra power means:
Never taking a sick day, or need an afternoon nap…
Bouncing up the stairs instead of waiting for the elevator…
Adding health-packed years to your life…
All that, and you don’t have to change your diet or spend hours at the gym. It’s backed up by science and fully guaranteed! To find out how you can get the lungpower of a 20-year-old click here.