Losing Weight is a Side Effect of Fitness

by on Jul.26, 2010, under Misc.

So while looking through some data from Google Analytics I noticed an interesting trend: We have had about 20 people over the past couple of weeks perform Google searches asking if a person can “lose weight with ZombieFit”.

The short (tl;dr) version is yes. If you don’t care about why, or if you don’t feel like reading the rest of this post, I’ll see you later. By the way, today is a Rest Day.

Long version:

Losing weight is the raison d’etre for many individuals search for fitness. They obsess over pounds and inches and fight a constant battle with starvation and weight check-ins. I personally feel that the emphasis on weight-loss is misplaced. The impetus for working out and eating right should be to be as fit and healthy as possible. Who cares what the “f” your BMI is.

But to answer the actual question, will ZombieFit help you lose weight? Absolutely, and especially in combination with a good diet that restricts complex carbohydrates.

Functional fitness movements performed via high-intensity variable modalities increase your metabolism for up to 12 hours after the workout. So, even though you’re only working out for less than 15-45 minutes, your body will continue to burn calories at an accelerated rate for much longer.

Further, even though ZombieFit WOD’s primarily consist of bodyweight exercises and movements, it is mildly hypertrophic (it will increase the size of your muscles). Your body requires a certain amount of energy each day just to stay alive. In other words, even if you spent all day laying in your bed with zero movement, your body will still burn calories. This is called your basal metabolic rate. A fun fact about muscle is that it requires more calories for maintenance and formation than fat does. So what does this mean? Well, the more muscle you have, the higher your basal metabolic rate, therefore the more calories your body burns at rest.

So yes, ZombieFit programming will help you lose weight, BUT you should know that ZombieFit is not about weight loss. This isn’t a “weight loss program”, this is a fitness program. I think that by obsessing over weight a person can become dispirited and frustrated with working out. You pin all of your expectations on a number that is the result of so many variables that you can’t help but be disappointed sometimes. So here is the key:

Don’t think of weight, think of fitness.

Simple huh? You’re probably sitting there with a light-bulb over your head thinking, “Now why didn’t I think of this?!”.

But seriously, concentrate on becoming more fit rather than losing weight. Try to start doing WODs at the avancee or traceur level; shoot for faster times; try to get the first set or round of movements completely unbroken; or go outside and do a parkour movement that you’ve never done before.

Fitness is a competition with yourself. Every time you workout you should try to earn a personal best. Even small victory’s are still a win. If you’re doing the etudiant WOD, try to do the first round/set unbroken (with no rest). If you can’t do the etudiant WOD, work on doing the warm-up. Progression works. Remember, Progression leads to confidence which turns to daring. If you work hard, your fitness WILL improve.

And, the funny thing about fitness is that it has this horrible side-effect of helping you to lose weight, become healthy and look better than you did before you were fit. If you can burn through an avancee or traceur level WOD with minimal rest, good technique and with full range of motion, you’re fit. And I’ll bet you look pretty damn good too.