Easy Exercises to Avoid Storing Calories of a Meal or Desert as Body Fat.
“Gone in 90 seconds now why didn’t I think of that!” This is exactly what I thought when reading this “hack” in Tim Ferriss’s new book, The 4-Hour Body. Tim’s book is so much fun to read. It’s like a large encyclopedia of mini books for everything from uncommon ways to improve your sex life, the slow carb diet hack for fat loss, hyper sleep secrets that will surely amaze and more.
So for this little post, I would to talk about a clever scientific strategy Tim talks about on page 105-107, its by far one of my favorite parts of the book, so much so, I have been teaching it to my audiences at all my events. Why, because it really makes a lot of sense as you will soon find out.
Brief Muscular Contractions a Few Minutes Before You Eat?
So most of you probably know that after an intense workout, food calories are less likely to get stored as body fat. A simplistic explanation is that your muscles are depleted of glycogen and that a lot of the calories you eat at this time simply serve to refuel these depleted muscles. What I did not know was how little the stimulus needs to be in order for this to happen. Tim has found that this effect can happen in as little as 60-90 seconds. The proper activity done a few minutes before eating can encourage food calories to get shuttled into the muscle cells, before it has a chance to get stored as body fat.
Encouraging Insulin to Store Food Energy Into Muscle Cells
What exercise does is increase a substance in your body called GLUT-4 (glucose transporter type 4). Tim explains that exercise will encourage insulin to store calories in the muscle cells:
“The more muscular gates we have open before insulin triggers the same GLUT-4 on the surface of fat cells, the more we can put calories in muscle instead of fat”.
In The 4-Hour Body, Tim talks about a study which compares the effect of 280 seconds of intense exercise to a 6 hour low intensity exercise session. What the study found was that 280 seconds of intense exercise increased Glut-4 in the muscle by 83%…and 6 hours of lower intensity exercise increased it by 91%. So 280 seconds of exercise had almost the same effect as 6 hours when it comes to increasing GLUT-4 levels.
From 280 Seconds…Down to 60-90 Seconds
So Tim suggests that you keep the pre meal and post meal exercise down to 60-90 seconds. The GLUT-4 levels will increase with this amount of exercise, but it will drop down to normal levels after 1-4 hours. Tim recommends doing 60-90 seconds of exercise right before eating and 90 minutes after eating. Why 90 minutes? He has found that blood glucose levels to be the highest 90 minutes after eating.
The “Air Squat” is Tim’s Exercise of Choice, and it Will Be Yours. This One Works Great in any Stall at Your Local Restaurant Lavatory, Before and After the Desert!