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The 3 Biggest Mistakes People Make with Exercise

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 08/31/2023

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Exercise does NOT burn fat directly at all. The way fat is melted is not through some heating of the body. Fat cannot be melted like butter. The fat cells are storage centers for energy as energy reserves. Fat exists to help you survive. When the body goes out of balance with its energy consumption, it will then hold energy.

Exercise has the ability to trigger hormones that then release the fat for energy 24 to 48 hours later.

Here’s how it works:
1. You stress and tear down the muscles of your body.
2. The body then builds back these muscles a little stronger.
3. The energy used to build these muscles can come from two sources: sugar or fat.
4. If you are not eating sugar, the body would be forced to use fat.
5. This process occurs during the downtime—the rest period.

So, here are the THREE biggest mistakes:

The first one is NOT stressing or tearing down the muscles enough. This happens through intensity. If the exercise is not intense, insufficient hormones will be triggered.

The second mistake is consuming some or even a little sugar in the diet, which will automatically prevent ANY fat burning from occurring. Even three ounces of juice will prevent fat burning for eight hours. Wine will do it, too.

The third mistake is that the person is working out EVERY DAY and never allows the hormones to be activated, since these fat-burning hormones work in the off day, NOT during the exercise.

1. Do intense exercise (see chapter 14 in my book, “The 7 Principles of Fat Burning” for the exact pattern). Also, if the adrenals are weak, you’ll need to first do the Adrenal Program for a while.
2. Avoid all sugars and hidden sugars.
3. Exercise only every other day. And in some cases, exercising every two days might produce more weight loss.

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