The Daily Sprout

Your guide to healthier living.

I am on a mission, it is why God put me here, and it is the thing that burns inside of me.  The mission is to pull people from a burning building, and to carry them to safety.  The biggest problem with my mission, is that most people do not have any idea that they are in the burning building.

YOU are in the building.  If you subscribe to any of what culture has to offer you in the way of diet, exercise, health PHILOSOPHY, spirituality… then you are there.  I could rant and rave for days on each of these topics individually, but it would get boring along the way.  But if you will simply trust the basis of this argument, then you will be pulled from the building, and will have amazing life change because of it!


Scratching the surface: Diet – Low Fat is still “in”, according to culture.  Does anyone out there believe that the “Low Fat” idea hasn’t been around long enough to have an impact?  How about “Diet” drinks and foods that are low sugar (high artificial sugar)?  The answer doesn’t lie in the low fat low sugar food, it lies in the lifestyle decisions for every food that you eat. 

Exercise… do we really believe that another exercise video is the answer to our problems?  That we somehow are in need of one more infomercial piece of equipment?  Duh!  It is the decision that fails us, we fail to decide to be different, from this point forward.  We get back to the gym, then we are done, then back, then done, then back, then done… see-saw, see-saw, forever.  Lifestyle.

In the end, it really comes down to health philosophy, and the way you look at those decisions and how they impact your life.  Cultural phiolosophy says that you can make it through your life without making wise decisions, that there is SO MUCH technology in our healthcare, that we can SAVE you from your bad decisions with a pill and/or a surgery.  This is such a flawed opinion, and is so far from reality, that it is almost easier to believe the lie, than to do something about it.  Just consider the deaths in our country, 2/3 are lifestyle disease that are highly preventable… yet this cultural representation that the medical profession can save us with a chemical, IS NOT SAVING THEM!!!

Chiropractic is an answer in itself, adjusting the spine to allow for the best possible flow of information from your brain to your body, and to maintain that flow for your lifetime, with no other wise decision, will eliminate a HIGH percentage of risk.  Add other positive lifestyle decisions and you will live a life free from so many afflictions and ailments. 

So here it is.  I am on a mission, I put a lot of time into making sure that I can lead you the way you need to be led, and in the direction that will allow you the best possible life.  So, SHOW UP.  That is it, just make it to our office, read my blog DrEricRichards.com read our Daily Sprout’s on the web site healthsprout.com, and make it to our workshops.  That is all you need to do.

If you are willing to take the steps to follow, then the lifestyle choices will become easier and easier.  That is all there is to it!  Do IT!  I want to see everyone tonight, and you should make every step you can to make it.  There is no easier time, life NEVER gets easier.  I am ready to act, follow me, let’s act together and change the community!!  Health for everyone!!

God Bless!!!!!!


Me jumping rope. Not the fittest, not the lowest body fat, but very functional and burning a TON of fat in my downtime.


Recently my wife ran into a neighbor who had started using a personal trainer.  She commented to my wife, “I guess I have been doing it all wrong!  So now I am walking on the treadmill more, and less running.  Need to keep my heart-rate down, and not let it get too high.”  My wife didn’t want to discourage her in any way, so she just said “oh” and changed the conversation.

Personally, I am all about changing the way people do things, and if there is a little pain in knowing that you are about to make a big mistake, I OPEN my mouth!  What our neighbor was referring to, was the fat burning zone.  Her personal trainer was telling her, “Your heart rate is too high, and you are burning muscle and not fat.”

Now this statement is TOTALLY true.  When your heart rate is high, you are burning carbohydrate and protein for fuel, not fat.  Fat is kind of like wet wood, if you can picture yourself in a “I need FIRE or I am going to die” situation, and you have a pile of wet wood, dry kindling, and gasoline to burn.  Which will you choose?  Obviously the gasoline is a really good choice.  Your body acts similarly.

As heart rate goes up, the brain says “I need to keep up with this activity” which means that it needs to burn the EASIEST fuel possible.  So it will burn the carbohydrate in the blood stream (sugar = GASOLINE) first, as those stores are exhausted; you then move to burning protein by breaking down protein in muscle tissue to create sugar in the blood stream (protein = dry kindling).

As your heart rate goes down, your brain says “aaahhh, I can relax, not much need for energy, why don’t I see if I can get that wet wood going?” So you start burning fat.  This would then have someone conclude, that the best way to GET THIN, and get rid of excessive body fat, would be to train at very low intensity, over very high time, and thus you would burn the greatest body fat.  However, this theory is WRONG!

Real quick before I go on, I am a Doctor of Chiropractic, which means I have studied physiology quite extensively.  I have a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology, which means I have studied physiology quite extensively.  I have two peronal training certifications, one being the more recent CrossFit Level 1 certification, and I am a partner in a CrossFit gym… these last three mean that I have experience of application.  So when I say WRONG, I mean dead WRONG!

This is why, and follow this closely… If the percentage of FAT burned is 100%, and you are walking 2 miles over 45 minutes, burning 200 calories, then you burned 200 FAT calories during the active phase of exercise; and at that pace, the individual is “recovered” immediately following exercise.   If the percentage of FAT burned is 25%, and you do 30 – 135# clean and jerks in under 3 minutes, then you recover, then you run 400M, do 21 kettlebell swings at 55#, and 12 pull-ups, three times through in 7 and a half minutes.  You have just burned over 400 calories in the active phase of exercise (100 from fat), and around 900 calories will be burned in the recovery phase of exercise (we’ll say an average of 50% fat for this example), which equals 450 calories of FAT in recovery.

So in 10 minutes of exercise, followed by about 45 minutes of recovery, you burn 1300 calories total, and though the percentage of fat burned is way less, you burned a whole lot more still!  Better yet, who do you think burns more fat in a typical day of rest?

  1. A thin man who at 6’0″ weighs 160lbs.  He is in decent shape, and his body fat is 18%.

  2. A fit and lean man who at 6’0″ weighs 195lbs.  He is in great shape, and his body fat is 10%.

It might seem like the first person would burn more fat.  He has more to burn, so why not?  When the truth is the second individual, who obviously has MORE MUSCLE mass.  The reason is because the thing that burns fat at rest is MUSCLE.

I point this out, because in the two examples of exercise above, the walking produces very little muscle growth, where the intense exercise produced a TON of it.   So producing muscle will make you thin, moreso than trying to trick thin into happening.

OK, I’m done beating the point in.  The conclusion is clear, intense exercise is better for everything including fat burning, so stop walking as slow as you can go, and throw some running into the middle of it.  My 66 year old mother does, and she is better off because of it.

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