“Eat Less, Move More”. It’s the modern-day mantra of the diet and exercise world. With more and more people jumping on the diet and exercise bandwagon, shouldn’t we be a country filled with svelte, gorgeous supermodel types? Why aren’t we? Is there something hidden in the weight-loss community that the media isn’t telling us?
-Now you can better understand why you’ve never been able to get off the diet rollercoaster. With this cutting-edge information, you’ll finally understand how to “beat the system” and get the real results you’ve always wanted!
Why “Eat Less, Move More” is Just a Health Scam
Here’s the thing: Exercise is inherently good. Working out regularly helps stave off serious illness such as diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancer. It also helps boost your metabolism and wards off chronic pain. However, there is such a thing as working out too much. You may have heard that the more you exercise, the more weight you’ll lose but that’s not necessarily true.
The truth is the more you exercise, the hungrier you’ll be. People who exercise hard often tell themselves there’s nothing wrong with having that extra slice of pie because they’ve “earned it”. The truth is, even if you do serious cardio and weight-training for an hour a day, you won’t burn off the calories necessary to offset the dessert.
Let’s break it down. The average slice of pie is around 400 calories. In order to burn off just one slice of this dessert, never mind the dinner you had before it, you’d need to do intense cardio for one hour. This means something like racquetball, Judo or kickboxing. While those activities are healthy for you, they don’t offset nearly the amount of calories you’ve been lead to believe.
Working out too much is even worse if you’ve also cut way back on calories. If you’ve been denying your body the fuel it needs to keep up with the exercise you’re doing, you may lose weight fast but you’ll experience some dangerous side effects. Your body will go into “starvation mode” and hang on to all the calories it can while you notice symptoms such as shaking, dizziness, and irritability.
This is one of the worst ways to lose weight as it can be very hazardous to your health.
Are You Working Out Too Much?
Regular exercise should be a part of any weight loss program but how do you know if you’re working out too much? People who spend too much time on exercise and not enough time on a healthy diet will often notice troubling symptoms.
This is because over-training encourages your body to produce more of the stress hormone, cortisol. Overproduction of this stress hormone is a common contributor to excess belly fat. Too much exercise also increases the amount of epinephrine and norepinephrine produced by your body, which can suppress your appetite. If you are not taking in enough healthy fat and calories, your body will be unable to make repairs to torn muscle tissue.
Working out too much can also cause insomnia because of the excessive amounts of cortisol in your body. When you’re not getting the rest you need, your body will be unable to regulate leptin levels, which are the hormones responsible for telling you when you’re full.
Watch out for these common symptoms of excessive exercise:
- Your workout performance decreases
- Your get sick more than usual
- Your mood changes
- Your muscles never seem to stop hurting
- You have a higher elevated resting heart rate
- Your muscles feel weaker
- Your gaining weight despite the workouts
Your body is trying to tell you to slow down. Listen.
Processed Food – The Real Reason You’re Not Shedding Pounds
Some fitness gurus will insist you can eat anything as long as you work off the calories with exercise. Not true. The real reason you’re not losing weight is the food you’re eating. No matter how much exercise you do, you’ll keep packing on the pounds if you don’t make changes to your diet. This doesn’t mean starve yourself. This means giving your body the healthy fuel it needs to maintain a healthy weight.
The difference between processed food and whole food can be difficult for many people to understand. This is because we’re never really given a formal education on what to put into our bodies to stay healthy. The media has cleverly filled this education gap with information on “diet foods” and assured us they are the only way to lose weight.
The companies who produce these diet foods never wanted you to read this information but –Health uncovered the truth. “Diet” foods are nothing more than pre-packaged empty-calorie junk food chock full of unhealthy preservatives and additives that do nothing to nourish your body. What’s worse, most diet foods contain high fructose corn syrup, which has been clinically proven to contribute to obesity and diabetes.
Do yourself a favor and throw them away.
A Healthy Diet and Exercise – The Right Combination for Weight Loss
The best, more effective way to lose weight and keep it off is to combine a healthy diet with moderate, everyday exercise. This means cutting the junk and adding healthier alternatives. Think lean protein such as chicken, beef, wild-caught fish, and beans as well as organic vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and healthy fats. Also, don’t be fooled by what you’ve heard about butter and other fats. Butter, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, and avocados are all examples of positive fats your body uses to maintain a healthy weight.
When you’re trying to lose weight and keep it off, choose moderate exercise such as walking, weight training, dancing, hiking, and yoga and give your body the right type of fuel. Don’t skip meals and don’t over train. These activities throw your body into metabolic flux and keep you from getting the body you’ve always wanted. Also, get plenty of rest and relaxation. Overstressing about your weight-loss goals will only make them that much harder to attain.
If you’ve been fooled by the exercise scam, don’t feel bad. You’re not alone. So-called “fitness gurus” are paid millions of dollars to make lofty promises and endorse the latest fitness product designed to “sculpt your body into shape”. The reality is, once you know the formula, you can do it yourself!
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