First of all, I’d like to apologize for the week-long delay between my last post and this one. Something came up that prevented me from blogging late nights over the past week. That being said, I’ll be posting about my advocacy and my jar twice a day to make up for it.
I’ll also change the dates in the posts so they reflect the intended publish schedule. It’ll help me keep track too. 😉
My last few entries discussed the Spartan Transformation Program. And today, I’ll talk about minimal activity.
Minimal activity is the fourth part of the Spartan Transformation Program. It is where you do light to no exercise at all, particularly during the program. This goes against the grain of many fitness programs but there are reasons for that.
Stress is a major contributing factor in fat gain because of the deleterious effects on the body. It causes the body to release cortisol which encourages higher blood sugar. It also initiates gluconeogenesis, the process where the body breaks down muscle and other protein sources in the body.
Since the body uses muscle to burn a lot of the unused energy (in the form of sugar), and stored energy (in the form of fat), cortisol formation reduces the body’s ability to burn the energy. That’s why in the program, light exercises such as walking and using resistance bands are preferred over intense aerobics or weight lifting.
In fact, any form of exercise is discouraged during the first two weeks of the program. Also, the meals are designed to emphasize high protein intake and reduced carbohydrates to help preserve muscle and burn visceral fat.
The four parts of the Spartan Transformation Program help achieve a dramatic reduction in weight and body fat in 90 days while being sustainable even after the program is over. Because of that, an increase in the chances of getting pregnant can be achieved.
How the program is significant to us is in Part 18.