Task 2 Decide
Your mission, should you choose to accept it…
If you are female and your hip to waist ratio is over 0.8 or if you are male and it is over 0.95 then you are in Category 1
If you are at the right level or below you are in Category 2
Why is this important?
Category 1 – weight bearing/resistance training is the most appropriate exercise to lose body fat. You have switched off fat storage by eating regularly and it will stay switched off for as long as you continue to follow the Week 1 lessons.
Category 2 – A certain amount of fat is required for pregnancy, the baby’s brain is made from fat, cell membranes are made from fat and some hormones are made from fat so too little fat is not good either.
What you actually need to do:
For Category 1 Every pound of muscle burns 75 calories, a pound of fat burns just 8 calories per hour. You can increase your fat burn 9 fold simply by gaining lean muscle
1. Gaining lean muscle is done either by resistance training using thera bands or weight bearing exercise like in a gym. See Lesson downloads and links for some examples. Starting with thera bands is fine if you are not used to this type of exercise however, it can be slow to make significant progress so you will likely need to up your game to gym work at some point. Get a buddy to work with, this helps with commitment.
2. Research local gyms/personal trainers – your aim is to gain lean muscle so don’t get caught up doing extraneous aerobic activity. Cork based recommendations are in the download section
For Category 2
Muscle burns fat, so avoid gaining additional muscle. stick with aerobic exercise but also stick to the eating plan as there are other important benefits to it.