Exercise for Wellness
We are often told that weight loss is simple! Just exercise more and eat less. Calories in equal calories out.
There is a major problem with this concept; our bodies are much more complicated than a simple equation. We are told if we exercise more, fat loss will result. Exercise, however, is really a wellness tool, not a weight loss tool. Exercise stimulates appetite and when we exercise vigorously we tend to eat more from hunger and overestimating how many calories we actually burned.
Take jogging as an example, if you run for an hour you might burn about four hundred calories. If you reward yourself with a piece of lemon meringue pie you essentially cancel out the calorie-burning results of your efforts and you still have to deal with the impacts of the other calories you consumed because you were hungry.
Not all people respond to exercise as a weight loss tool. In four tightly controlled studies of exercise effectiveness, researchers found that exercise contributed to a decrease in metabolism by 5-10% and that actually reduced the amount of weight that participants were able to lose.
If you happen to be overweight or obese, you most likely lack the energy and desire to exercise, and if you try too hard to lose weight through a vigorous exercise program you can experience an injury that ends your exercise sessions and causes the fat to pile back on.
80% Nutrition 20% Exercise
Take a step back, lose excess fat first by overhauling your nutrition and manipulating the macronutrient composition of your diet. Take a look at other factors such as stress, sleep, and hormonal shifts that also influence metabolism. You’ll soon gain the energy and motivation to exercise for fitness and fun!
Staying active is great for overall wellness, but not the best tool for weight loss.
Fact: While 100% of the energy we gain comes from food, we can only burn 10% to 30% of it with physical activity each day.
Awareness Challenge this week:
Back to the Basics: Focus on the nutritious building blocks you give your body. You can have much quicker success with weight loss when you focus on eating a nutrient dense diet. Instead of counting calories that you burn at the gym, take time to look at the foods you’re fueling yourself with. Start making changes to your diet and eat whole real foods. This will be much easier to alter than chronically exercising for weight loss. : )
Tune in next time; we will cover the best way to fuel the exercise that you do chose to participate in!
In the meantime, if you’d like to know more about good nutrition that will help you obtain optimal weight management and wellness, give us a call!
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucious
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Cover Photo: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/30/exercise-vs-diet-for-weight-loss_n_5207271.html