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Tina Thomsen January 31, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Hi, Dennis.

I’m getting ready to start the graded exercise protocol, but am wondering whether quick, short bursts of cardio throughout the day are also helpful for burning fat or whether they cause the body to store fat. Example: Periodically (2-3x/day) walking briskly up 8 flights of stairs (2-3 minutes). Thanks.

Tina

Dennis E. Bradford, Ph.D. January 31, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Hi, Tina:

I cannot give medical advice. I’m not a licensed physician and, even if I were, I’d need your individual stress test results. Assuming that your physician has approved GXP for you, you are doing it, and you want to do even more exercise, would the kind of additional cardio you propose help with fat burning?

It should. It may be worth testing. Remember that our ancestors would have to sprint occasionally either hunting or fleeing from animals! If you don’t exercise for more than 3 minutes at a time, you are not going to train your body to store fat.

On the other hand, I’m not sure that, if I were you, my enthusiasm for doing that kind of exercise would last for many weeks. I’d be better off with a more sustainable program.

Here’s an alternative you might want to consider: If you initially work up to doing GXP three times weekly with a work period of 8 to 10 minutes with no problems and want more effective exercise, consider switching to using Sears’s P.A.C.E. three times weekly instead. (It’s available in a paperback book.) If you use it and are also keeping your grams of carbs to 25 or lower most days of the week (except for a cheat meal or two one day a week), your body fat percentage should decrease and it may decrease quite quickly. At least for me, watching carb intake and doing P.A.C.E. three times weekly would be a lot more sustainable than exercising multiple times each day.

Best wishes,

Dennis

Art Mellin February 6, 2017 at 9:49 am

Dr. Bradford, your first name is spelled “Denis” on lasting-weight-loss.com above your video. Please remove the part of this comment referring to the typo when you can.
Thanks for being a major philosophy professor when I was a student. Your theory of knowledge class is crystal clear and brings students to an understanding of the issues. Now that you’ve retired, would it be any benefit to rate you on “rate my professor” sites?
Art

Dennis Bradford February 6, 2017 at 10:35 am

Hi, Art:

Thanks for the comment. As for the misspelling, I’m sure that was my co-author’s doing; her husband’s name was ‘Denis.’ Feel free if you’d like to rate me on any “rate my professor” sites. Maybe it will counteract some who really weren’t interesting in thinking well! Good to hear from you; I hope that you are doing and being well. Cheers . . .

Art Mellin February 6, 2017 at 10:03 pm

Right! I recently went through something similar in computer science learning what’s behind the “magic” so to speak. It’s really taken the wind out of my sails because as with philosophy so much of my motivation was emotion and fascination. I’m glad to see “how the cookie crumbles” yet I guess to some extent “ignorance is bliss” is true.
While in computer science I gained enough knowledge to sleep well at night, philosophy still eludes me. Thanks for writing back. Best regards. Art

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