Stan Efferding advocates for more sleep and less cardio to improve fat loss.
In a recent interview with Chris Williamson, Stan Efferding explained how sleep could be better than cardio in regards to fat loss. “The Rhino” explains that sacrificing sleep can completely shut down your hopes for any meaningful fat loss.
One of the most knowledgeable strength athletes and coaches around, Stan Efferding knows a thing or two about building quality muscle. During his professional strength career, Efferding has stepped on stage as an IFBB Pro bodybuilder. He’s also been a professional powerlifter showcasing that his show muscles are also go muscles. With the combination of his pro bodybuilding and powerlifting experience, Efferding was dubbed the world’s strongest pro bodybuilder.
Seeking the ultimate balance between strength and aesthetics, Stan Efferding has worked tirelessly to improve both his physique and performance. Well into his fifties, Efferding is still capable of pulling off some impressive feats of strength. His 725-pound deadlift shows that even at an advanced age, Efferding is one of the strongest people around.
When it comes to aesthetics, Stan Efferding is also proving to be an invaluable source of information. Being strong is one goal, but Efferding also wants to present strength as well by having an impressive physique. Many powerlifters are strong, but not all of them are as well-built as Efferding. That’s because the PowerBuilder has found the secrets to shedding fat to reveal his lean muscle mass.
Secret Fat Loss Weapon: Sleep
In a recent interview with Chris Williamson, Stan Efferding touched on the topic of sleep and how it is related to everything from fat loss to performance.
“Sleep does affect insulin levels as well,” said Efferding. “We also find that people who don’t get sufficient sleep when they start losing weight, they might lose a disproportionate amount of muscle as opposed to fat. The body becomes stingy at preserving the fat.”
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According to Stan Efferding, sleep can be an even greater factor in fat loss than cardio.
“I did put it this way once: if you’re waking up at 4 a.m. to do your fasted cardio after only five hours of sleep, you’re stepping over one-hundred dollar bills to pick up nickels. That’s what I’ve said for many years.
“To me, I would do the cardio later or I don’t even really recommend cardio at all to most of my clients because it’s a pretty significant departure from their standard lifestyle, it might not be something they enjoy, it might not be very sustainable and we see it has diminishing returns over time as your body adapts to that stimulus and becomes more efficient and reduces the calories it burns.”
For more gems from the knowledgeable Stan Efferding be sure to watch the full interview.
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