Exercise trends come and go, and one of the ones that went in the late 1990s was the idea of exercising slowly to burn more fat. The theory was well rooted in exercise science--you burn a higher percentage of fat while exercising slowly and a higher percentage of carbohydrate as you speed up--but not very practical for most people. If you're only going to exercise for a half-hour a day, you burn a lot more calories by going fast than slow, regardless of how many of those calories come from fat.
Now Stu Mittleman, probably the foremost advocate of slow exercise, wants to reopen the argument. Slow Burn presents an entire lifestyle plan built around running slowly. He doesn't disagree with the idea that you can lose weight faster by training faster; he just thinks it's too stressful for the body to exercise that way.
Mittleman is one of the most famous long-distance runners in the world, and by long, we're talking really long: he once ran 571 miles in six days. So the program he outlines in Slow Burn shows you how to slow down and achieve more--an exercise plan that's less stressful to your body; a diet plan with less sugar and more healthy, unsaturated fats from fish and olive oil; and some tips about rethinking your everyday life to make it less stressful. (For example, he advocates the 85 percent rule: try to do everything the right way 85 percent of the time, and don't knock yourself out over the last 15 percent.) He also peppers the book with theories he's picked up from various branches of alternative medicine and nutrition--applied kinesiology, reflexology, and eating according to blood type. Mittleman's plan isn't for everyone. Certainly, if you like weight lifting or fast-paced sports like hockey and basketball, you won't find much to like here. But if you hate the pressure to always go faster, faster, faster, in life and in exercise, you'll find that Mittleman is on your side. --Lou Schuler
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Stu Mittleman is a much-sought-after fitness educator whose clients include celebrities and business and community leaders as well as thousands of dedicated husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, who aspire to excellence in their health and vitality. Mittleman holds two master's degrees in movement and social science and set a world record by running 1,000 miles in eleven days. Since 1991, he has been a featured guest speaker at Anthony Robbins's Mastery University and runs his own company, WorldUltrafit, based in La Jolla, California. A native New Yorker, he currently lives in Solana Beach, California, with his wife, Mary Beth, and two children, Beau and Mackenzie.
Katherine Callan studied journalism at Boston University and has worked at national consumer magazines, including Success magazine, where she reported on the leading thinkers in self-improvement and human performance. Callan writes and edits for traditional and new-media companies and is launching a specialty publication, For Marathoners Only. She lives and works in New York City and has run thirteen marathons.