Why don’t I lose weight when I exercise?

One thing a lot of novices don’t grasp, is the fact that you cannot out exercise a bad diet. Many people really don’t even have the faintest idea how many calories they take in, on a daily basis, and grossly underestimate the amount of food they have eaten. Then there is also the issue of overestimating how many calories they burn. Did you know that an average workout only burns about 200–400 calories, usually within an hours time? Eating a burger and fries after a workout could become a total of about 800 calories or more in one small sitting, and within minutes too! Just think, it took an hour and you haven’t even scratched the surface of your fat burning potential, only to have it ruined by a junk food craving.

The only real, and healthy way to lose weight, and keep it off for good, as well as maintaining it, is to change the way you eat, and the food you consume. This is not just a quick fix for a few months, until you lose the weight. It’s a lifetime goal, and it’s one that we all have to embrace and really come to terms with. There is no use playing the yoyo of weight loss and gain consistently. This just wears you out completely and ruins your self esteem in the process. If we could just decide that this is the way we are, and it’s a matter of running with it and making the most informed and realistic decisions, then it will all work in our favour.

Also, don’t get caught up in the “eating 1200 calories” per day myth either. If your body does not have enough fuel for your workouts, and your daily maintenance, it will begin to use any stores of muscle as an energy source (even though you may have a lot of fat). I know, this isn’t fair, but the fact is that fat is needed on your body to be used as an emergency. That emergency for you right now, is that the body has been paying attention to your lack of feeding. It’s only doing what it’s been programmed to do for life – to keep you living for as long as possible. Those fat stores are precious, and are needed, where as muscle is a hindrance, given it burns calories in order to be maintained. When you are starving, this is not where your bodies energy want’s to go and be used, therefore, it wastes it as fast as possible. Please do not diminish your calories to absolutely nothing. It won’t work, and has never worked for anyone in a positive direction.

For an eating plan to work effectively, it needs to become a lifestyle, not a diet per-say. The challenge is in finding the best balance of macronutrients, that will provide you with the nutritional value you need, and allowing you to eliminate body fat stores in the process. This takes time and patience to discover.

If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you must adhere to a whole food diet containing low calorie protein sources, vegetables, good fats, and high fibre carbohydrates. Not only will you lose weight, your health and training quality will become phenomenal, and you will be able to sleep peacefully and feel rejuvenated. This is a simple and effective strategy for good health and longevity now, and well into the future.

I do hope these tips help you along your journey ahead.

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