What’s More Important — Diet or Exercise?

30 Apr

Your genetic “blueprint”dictates a lot about your fitnesshealth, and wellness.  But we all have a window of opportunity within which we can have an impact.

And, while diet and exercise are both significant contributors, you can impact your metabolism to a greater extent through exercise.

Simply stated, pound-for-pound, muscle burns more calories than fat.

The best way to build muscle and burn fat is high-intensity interval resistance training (HIRT).  HIRT continues to build muscle and burn fat even after you have left the gym.

In one recent Italian study, lifters doing HIRT burned 18% more calories 22 hours after exercising than individuals who did traditional strength training.

Next time you’re in the weight room, try this approach:  Choose three exercises.  Start with the first exercise and, using 80-85% of your 1 rep max, do 6 reps and rest 20 seconds; do 2-3 reps and rest 20 seconds; do 2-3 reps.  That’s one set.  Do 7 sets of all three exercises.


Your thoughts?


2 Responses to “What’s More Important — Diet or Exercise?”

  1. healthyat120 September 17, 2018 at 12:39 AM #

    I am seeing a lot about HIIT training, which I think is the same as your HIRT program. Let me know if that is correct. I am doing a 3 exercise resistance program of 3 sets of 15 reps at each exercise. I don’t think that fits either plan but as an old powerlifter with a 30-year lapse, it is helping me. I enjoyed your blog.

    • Brian Lebo September 17, 2018 at 4:49 AM #

      I don’t have a HIRT program, but HIIT training is the way to go. Your exercise resistance program sounds good – keep moving! Thanks for reading my blog!

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