Can exercise cause you to GAIN WEIGHT?!
Here is Sue's story (Sue isn't real but I fancied being Sue for a day and there's nothing you can do about it-dress fits nicely though I must admit)
"I'm Sue, I have an office job two kids and a hectic schedule. I take 2 spin classes a week, a boot camp on weekends and watch what I eat during the week"
This sound pretty familiar to anyone out there? guys included? ok keep reading.......
"I don't really track what I eat but I know I'm eating healthily; on the weekends I have my treats but I still can't seem to lose weight. What am I doing wrong?"
Sue you're not tracking. Sue you're not tracking. Sue you're not tracking. Sue you're not tracking!!
We often associate exercise with reward. We do 45 minutes on the treadmill and we've earned the right to eat that half tub of Ben and Jerry's (who am I kidding we eat the whole tub)
Calories are King when fat loss is your goal. This is why tracking is vital if you're not seeing that unwanted fat melt away.
If you're starting a new exercise regime it's only natural to see your appetite increase. Where we need to be careful is that it doesn't cause you to overeat if fat loss is your goal.
If you workout first thing in the morning and then have a desk job you're going to be spending most of the day on your peach.
What most don't realise is that it's very easy (unfortunately far too easy) to undo your daily workout.
We get rewarded for exercise. When we hit a step count our apps "reward" us. Even WeightWatchers has a reward system for exercise. But that extra slice of pizza, although bloody delicious is upsetting your calorie balance. And that Sue is why you're not shifting that waist line.
That low intensity jog can be wiped out in seconds with those sticky fingers. This is why resistance training is crucial for long term fat loss. The more muscle you have the more calories you can burn at rest..............hey Sue that means you can eat more :)
Takeaway: Track what you eat, have a source of protein at every meal and see exercise as a lifestyle, not just an excuse to "reward" yourself.