You too could lose 0.1kg in 6 months!

It has long been known that “the fat-burning zone” (basically, when you do aerobic exercise at a slow to moderate pace) is a nonsensical myth. However, judging by the hordes of joggers I see on the treadmill whenever i go to a gym in Paris, this doesn’t seem to be common knowledge yet. People still generally use jogging, or some other form of slow, steady state activity to try and shed some lard and “tone up”.

I won’t go into the scientific explanation here, but I just became aware of a meta-analysis that should be of interest to anyone trying to lose body fat. It took comprehensive data from 14 studies on aerobic exercise, involving 1847 individuals.

The results showed that among the individuals that followed an aerobic exercise program for 6-12 months, the average weight loss after 6 months was 1.6kg, and after one year was 1.7kg. That means that an extra 6 months of jogging achieved a whopping 0.1kg of fat loss! Unsurprisingly, the researchers concluded that “isolated aerobic exercise is not an effective weight loss therapy”.

So, what’s the solution if you want to lose body fat?

Get off the treadmill and get a personal trainer who can help you put together an effective fat loss program comprising the following essential elements (listed in order of importance):

1. The right nutrition
2. Resistance (strength) training
3. Metabolic circuits or interval training