Unit 7 Coxford Abbey Farm
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Could Exercise Be SLOWING DOWN Your Weight Loss?
Scary title, right?
But what’s even more scary is that it is often the case!
You’ve been wanting to lose weight all this time, you finally found the motivation to take up an exercise regime (notice that YOU found it, not IT found you – there’s a lesson even in that), and you’re putting in the effort, but not much is changing. Okay, perhaps you got a bit of relief at the beginning as you gazed down at the scales, but that’s dried up now and you’re losing very little if anything.. what’s going on?
I’d like to point out at this moment that this doesn’t apply to everyone (I’ll explain why a bit later) and it IS in fact something within your control; you’ve just got to notice that it’s happening first.
Think about this. If you’ve stuck with a gym long enough, you’ll have seen the ‘regulars’. The people that are there at the exact same time nearly every day, sometimes twice in the same day! Rain or shine, they are there, getting there routine done. It’s nothing flashy, it’s good, consistent training. The type of stuff us ‘above the nonsense’ trainers always rave about.
Yet these particular people are often NOT the people with the most *input goal here*.
And that’s where this whole theory is situated: what are THOSE people doing wrong?
Well, on the surface, the problem is practical. But really this all stems from a mislead mindset, and one that so many have fallen for and are still falling for. Sure, we could go straight the practical issue and try fix that, but all that will happen is that you’ll trade one problem for another (trust me, this will make sense in a bit).
I’ve found that the best teachers are those that ask questions, not provide answers; they make you realise the problem is right in front of you. So here’s my question for you:
Why are you exercising?
Based on the title of this article and the assumption that ‘if you’ve read this far, it’s because you’re relating to what I’m writing’, I’d say that your answer was some variation of the following:
To lose weight and tone up.
Am I right?
Well, if I am, then we’ve already discovered the problem.
Let me explain (using questions of course).
Have you ever done exercise and used one of those devices that tracks how many calories you burn?
(Stick with me if you haven’t.)
Have you ever compared the amount of calories you’ve burnt with the equivalent unhealthy food?
Well, for those who haven’t – it usually amounts to hardly any junk food at all. (half an hour of running for ONE finger of a twix?!)
Most people then follow this realisation with a demotivated phrase such as “It’s gonna take me forever to work off all the rubbish I’ve eaten”. And yet they miss the even bigger point that’s right there in front of them:
How much easier would it be to just not eat the junk food in the first place?
See the biggest problem behind the stubborn lack of weight loss is that you’re trying Exercise to lose weight and tone up.
You put so much effort into making sure you stick to your training routine and you work your socks off in there, when at the end of that hour of sweat and hard work you’ve probably accumulated the same amount of calories as pint of beer/glass of red and a crunchie!
The practical problem is that you’re spending your effort on exercise when you’ll get more bang for your buck if you spent more time thinking about what you’re consuming.
Once again, I bring you to the fact that you need to be thinking about:
Calories In vs. Calories Out.
If you keep the ‘Calories In’ side of the scale lower, then you don’t have to work so hard to get the ‘Calories Out’ side higher.
Eating a little less food is easier than doing a lot more exercise.
But what if you’re not eating junk food and you’re STILL not losing the weight?
Well, ‘good food’ has calories too. And whether you do eat that junk food or not, if your total calorie consumption is higher than what your body needs, you gain weight. (in a high 90% of cases)
But, like I mentioned earlier, the source of the problem is psychological: you’re exercising for the wrong reason.
Exercise is quite simply the use of muscles. And it should be done to improve your ability to use the muscles in question.
It’s okay if you want them to look a certain way, but they have more of a purpose than simply to look good.
Use Them. Be Active. Stay Healthy.
But just remember:
Exercise is for Movement; Food is for Fuel.
Under-exercise and you get Weak; Over-eat and you get Heavier.
Remember those last two statements and you won’t go far wrong!