Much of what you’ve been led to believe about weight loss is a lie.
Do this type of workout to lose weight.
This is the exercise that burns belly fat.
As long as you workout you can eat what you want.
Don’t get me wrong, exercise is wonderful and I absolutely want you to exercise. However, there are many reasons to workout, and weight loss is not at the top of the list.
Exercise has multiple benefits:
- Increases energy expenditure
- Builds muscle
- Releases endorphins (i.e. makes you happy)
- Relieves stress
- Makes you stronger
- Improves heart and lung function
- Makes every day life easier
Yes, exercise does all of these things on its own. But it does not – on its own – produce weight loss.
In order to lose body fat you must create a calorie deficit and you cannot do this with exercise alone. Even a bodybuilder or a marathon runner cannot “eat whatever they want” and not gain weight.
If you eat more calories than you burn you will gain weight. Even if you ate 100% healthy food, if you eat more healthy food than you burn you are not going to lose weight.
Adding in exercise alone won’t produce results. You must – MUST – pay attention to your diet.
Often this means making some changes to what you’re currently eating. Either eating fewer calories and being more mindful of portion size, eliminating junk and liquid calories or sometimes eating MORE because your body is starving for calories.
Think about what small changes you can make to your diet that could add up big in the long run.
Then hit in the gym for all the reasons I listed above: it feels good, makes you stronger, shapes your body, relieves aches and pains, makes it easier to move through life and do the things you enjoy and so on.
If you’re working out and expecting to lose weight without making any changes to your diet (and you’re over 25 years old) it just ain’t gonna happen.
The big lie that we’ve all been told to believe is that as long as you work out you’re going to lose weight and you can eat pretty much whatever you want and the truth is that, that is just not true.
If only it was, I’d be a happy camper!
I love exercise and I also love food. But in order to be sure I don’t gain weight, I can’t eat anything I want. I still have to be mindful of my food choices and portion sizes.
The saying “30% exercise and 70% diet” is a good reminder. Putting the two together is the best way to get weight loss results.