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Defining Aerobic

Most people think they know what aerobic means.

Many associate it with breathing or oxygen, confuse it with “cardio,” aerobic dance or other workouts. In fact, the term aerobics is not even a half-century old, although humans have been doing it for millions of years. In the late 1960s, Dr. Kenneth Cooper, an exercise physiologist for the San Antonio Air Force Hospital in Texas, coined the term “aerobics” to describe the system of exercise that he devised to help prevent coronary artery disease. His program included jogging, running, walking and biking. His book Aerobics came out in 1968 and became an immediate national bestseller.

But since that time, the number of overfat people has significantly increased. Today, over 80 percent of the world is overfat, with billions being run down, injured and unhealthy secondary to excess body fat. Not even athletes or those in the military are immune.

Cooper’s aerobic revolution was successful on paper, but it failed in practice for two reasons. Many people fell into overtraining through anaerobic workouts that neglected the aerobic system. In addition, the wrong foods were eaten to excess — foods that not only don’t fuel the aerobic body but actually suppress fat-burning.

Any workout — running, biking, walking or others — can become anaerobic when the intensity is too high. While these efforts may burn more sugar calories, the process does not train the body to burn more stored fat calories. 33

Calorie-Count Myths

For generations, calorie counting was the way to prevent excess accumulation of body fat and has been the foundation for almost all weight-loss programs.

Not only do most people know this has been a spectacular failure, scientists know too. Reducing calories can reduce metabolism—fat-burning—resulting in a lot of weight loss from water, not fat.

In a recent review of 31 published weight loss studies, UCLA researcher Dr. Traci Mann and colleagues found that over a period of two to five years, the majority of people regained all the weight lost, plus more. She stated that “diets do not lead to sustained weight loss or health benefits for the majority of people.”

Another study by Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Friedman School at Tufts University, concludes on a similar note:

“Our findings suggest we should not only emphasize specific protein-rich foods like fish, meat, nuts and yoghurt to prevent weight gain, but also focus on avoiding refined grains, starches and sugars in order to maximize the benefits of these healthful protein-rich foods, [and] create new benefits for other foods like eggs and cheese.”

The myth of calorie counting has contributed to the overconsumption of refined carbohydrates, mostly in the form of flour and sugar, in an attempt to reduce body fat.

But up to half of the “fat-free” calories we consume are quickly converted to fat and stored in the body.

It’s time to stop the calorie-counting game. Instead, let’s live a healthy life, get more fit, and burn off body fat by developing an aerobic system.

Eat ‘real’ food and get healthy and lean. Weigh better, not less!