In my final few Blogs on Dr. Houston’s book What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Heart Disease I will review his thoughts on exercise.
First and foremost is that exercise is NOT all about working the heart and lungs to burn off calories. Exercise is Really about genetic signaling via hormones. Different kinds of movement initiate different hormonal signals, which attach to receptors on the membranes of different kinds of cells.
“When you perform ABCT exercise on an empty stomach, after consuming only water and whey protein:
Testosterone Increases enhancing muscle growth, mass, tone, and contour: improving insulin sensitivity, which lowers blood sugar and reduces the risk of diabetes and heart disease; elevating the energy level and libido; and slowing aging. Both men and women need testosterone for optimal health.
Growth Hormone Increases improving muscle growth, mass, tone, and contour; improving energy; increasing the sense of well-being, and slowing aging.
Insulin Decreases as a result of the improved insulin sensitivity that develops as lean muscle mass increases. Lean muscle accounts for about 80% of insulin sensitivity or resistance in humans. This means insulin works better, so the pancreas does not have to make as much. Together, these changes help reduce intramuscular triglycerides and extramuscular fat tissue while reducing the risk of heart disease and inflammation.
Cortisol Decreases improving muscle growth, lowering cholesterol and blood fats, reducing blood sugar, and decreasing fat in the abdominal area. This abdominal fat is associated with inflammation, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, cancer, heart disease, and stroke, so reducing it is key to good health.” (page 165-166)
Dr. Houston’s ABCT Exercise Program stands for Aerobics, Build, Contour and Tone. Watch for next weeks blog in which I will outline the Key Elements to his exercise program to optimize cardiovascular health.