Why Can’t I Lose Weight? Part 8: …Exercise Could be Making You Fat!
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Crash diets, fad diets, exercise addiction, lose some weight, gain it all back; self-deprivation, starvation, frustration, self-loathing, and finally surrender…Do any of these sound familiar to you as you struggle with your own personal ‘roller coaster’ ride of weight loss?
Have you spent a good part of your life—and an even greater part of your wallet—trying to lose weight? Achieved limited success from your heroic efforts here and there, but ultimately gained the weight back and then some? Believe me you’re not alone, and there are dozens of statistics to prove it.
Would you like to identify at long last what has been sabotaging your weight loss efforts all those years? Need some great advice on how to overcome these obstacles to put them behind you forever, making your dieting finally while never again having to worry about gaining the weight back?
Does this sound too good to be true? Well, if I promised that it would happen overnight perhaps it would be too good to be true. But the information I’m sharing will take effort, commitment, time, and perhaps cost you something extra. Understand that there is often no single solution for losing weight, or for breaking through a diet plateau.
Our bodies are very complex, and there are many aspects of our health which may need to be brought into balance before we can lose weight. I guarantee that if you have struggled in the past, once you rule out and work through the hidden culprits that can sabotage your weight loss efforts you will get off the roller coaster forever.
Hidden Culprits that Sabotage Weight Loss – Part 8: The Exercise Factor
Another common saboteur of successful weight loss is not just if you are exercising but how you are exercising. Ironically over exercising can be equally as detrimental as under exercising. Yes, I know it sounds hard to believe but over exercising can actually be making you fatter. Let’s examine both sides of this quagmire…
Not enough exercise?
The math is very simple – if you burn more calories than you consume, you are going to lose weight. But the math begins to get complicated when you factor in that no two bodies’ burn calories at the same rate. That’s why most diets ‘out of the box’ simply don’t work. Some people may lose weight on 1200 calories a day and some may need to consume a lot less.
If you’re asking yourself why? the answers could be in the report right here. Do you have physiological issues that are slowing down your metabolism such as hormonal imbalance, yeast overgrowth, nutritional deficiencies etc.? As you start to identify and correct your physiological issues your metabolism will increase and you’ll probably be able to eat more calories and still lose weight.
In the meantime, if you classify yourself as a “couch potato,” adding a little physical activity to your daily routine will help you start losing weight quicker than you can imagine. Don’t worry, getting more active doesn’t mean you have to sign up at a gym and take kickboxing or start participating in triathlons. A simple 10 minute walk up and down the block is a great start!
Starting some type of physical activity that you enjoy for 20 minutes a day is all you need to start moving the scales. Let me stress the word “enjoy.” In Deepak Chopra’s book “Perfect Weight,” he discusses how our bodies are intended for activity and movement, yet many of us associate exercise with agony, tedium, or labor rather than with freedom and feelings of happiness. We may completely evade exercise or, if we do manage to “force” ourselves to exercise, we may remain disconnected from our body and our feelings as we move.
Look around any gym and observe the number of people staring at the TV monitors, reading magazines, or even talking on a cell phone as they pound out miles on the treadmill or hunch over a Stairmaster set to a level that is too high to allow for the most beneficial posture and body alignment.
Chopra says, “The secret is finding some physical activities that you like and that are suited to your mind-body type. No matter what your current fitness level is, you can begin to move your body and breathe on a consistent basis, even if the most you can do right now is walk around the block. In addition, keep in mind that a complete exercise program includes attention to developing flexibility, strength, and cardiovascular conditioning.”
If you’re too tired or depleted to even think about exercising Energy Supplementation could be a powerful tool to help motivate you to exercise, keep you exercising longer, and improve your performance and endurance so you can burn more calories and get the most from your workouts!
Too Much Exercise? Sounds crazy, but it’s not. Exercise is an essential part of losing weight and keeping it off. However, there is in fact such a thing as doing too much exercise, or exercising too intensely. Over exercising is not only stressful but it’s also it’s hormonally depleting, especially for women over 40.
If exercise is experienced as stressful on the body it can trigger the adrenal glands to produce too much cortisol in response. When there is too much cortisol release, the body goes into the “starvation” mode as I mentioned earlier in The Stress Factor, and will retain weight, especially around the midsection.
This is one of hardest ‘pills’ to swallow for most young athletic women who are healthy eaters, exercise intensely, and are frustrated by lack of weight loss or even gain weight despite all their efforts.
Physical stress is just as harmful to your body as the mental or emotional stress we talked about earlier, and overtraining certainly meets the requirements. The body cannot distinguish between real, imagined, environmental, or emotional stress. To get a full understanding of how the stress of over exercising can actually affect your ability to lose weight, reread The Stress Factor.
If you’ve been over exercising chances are you’ve taxed your adrenal system and have elevated cortisol. Our best advice is to reduce the intensity of your workouts consider a diet or supplements that can support with managing cortisol levels thus assist in achieving your weight loss goals.
The bad news is that sometimes the stressors in our lives may not be completely due to over exercising; the good news is that there are natural methods of stress management (such as Pilates, yoga, meditation, biofeedback) as well as very effective online stress management course that can support with managing cortisol levels thus assist in achieving your weight loss goals.
Harnessing the effects of stress with this simple and effective online course in stress management is highly recommended before embarking on a weight loss program, especially if you have been struggling with weight loss in spite of reducing calories and increasing activity.
Best Regards on Your Journey to Health & Fitness!
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