Exercise equals weight loss. That is the equation we have all been led to believe in. But the truth of the matter is far removed from this. Moving the body is vital for well-being, But no one ever said the math was as simple as sweating your way to weight loss. While working out, you will be expending huge amounts of energy, but the real world is very different. Eating less is equally important when it comes to weight loss. This does not mean binge eating or strict diets. It means regulating your nutritional intake as per your body requirements and calorific needs. There is no doubt that exercise is the key to good health, whether you want enhanced cardiovascular functioning or lowering the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Eating right is the way out when it comes to losing weight. An editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicines even went so far as to say physical activity does not promote weight loss! So don’t think you can outrun a bad diet. Obesity is not entirely due to lack of exercising. Overeating has a big role to play in being overweight.
Reasons Why Working Out Does Not Equal Weight Loss
#1 Overestimation of the Calories Burnt
While working out, it might seem that huge amounts of energy are being used. But this is where the real world takes over. The truth– it takes minutes to scoff a cheeseburger of 500 calories, but two hours of moderately paced exercise to burn it off. Even if you go for a 30-minute walk at an average weight of 150 pounds, you burn a measly 150 calories! A piece of chocolate could easily undo all your hard work. To rid yourself of over three hundred calories, you need to cut down on potato chips of around 2 ounces or run 3 miles in a park each day.
Long-term physical activity is more difficult than reducing food intake. More awareness needs to be created about just how much you need to sweat it out to burn common foods.
#2 Exercise Makes You Eat Voraciously
Exercise may burn your calories, but it also increases your hunger pangs. People burn a number of calories and eat exactly the number burnt in what is known as caloric compensation. If you work out heavy, you could be starving the next day quite easily. So, don’t exercise without adjusting your intake because this can have disastrous consequences.
#3 Did You Just Reward Your Self, Only to Lose Out?
Made it to the workout at the gym, have you? Well, did a big piece of pie or a sugar-rich smoothie follow? If it did, you can kiss your weight loss goodbye. Rewarding yourself with pasta for power yoga will only lead you down the wrong road when it comes to weight loss.
#4 Exercise Leaves You Too Tired To Move?
Once you return from the gym, you may feel you have done your work for the day. In fact, moving a lot may be difficult on account of tiredness. So what do you do? You take the escalator instead of the stairs and don’t spend all that time walking but sit down instead. This adds up to less activity and if you exercise like a maniac for 1 hour and remain stationary or sedentary for the next 23, how will it boost your calorie burn? Older adults who changed their exercise regimen to one hour have been found by researchers to be more sedentary for the rest of the day.
#5 Exercise Well And No Portion Control= Zero Weight Loss
Reducing calorie intake is possible only if exercise is coupled with portion control. This is an amount of calories you consume in each meal. Cut down on fried, processed junk food, sodas, and empty calories. Remember liquid calories can be just as bad as solid ones. Exercise must be coupled with a calorific restriction for those who are obese. Being overweight means you are exceeding your calorific consumption and no amount of exercise is going to work unless you curb the urge to splurge on soda and fries. As obesity as skyrocketed, there has been no change in the activity levels. This is being blamed for increasing waistlines. But the truth is calorie counting is just as important. Denial, doubt and confusion reign when it comes to portion control. Adopt a diet that is high in healthy fat, but low in trans fat. Choose a diet where sugar and simple carbs are cut down on. Celebs need to stop promoting sugary drinks and you need to stop buying into their brand narrative and taking in fizzy beverages contains tons of sugar. Manipulative marketing needs to stop. A fat tax should be in place to sabotage the junk food industry.
#6 Exercise Moderately? You May Need to Pump Up the Volume!
Performing the same exercises every day or week in a month is not just boring, your body adjusts to it as well and burns fewer calories as time advances. If the workout is not challenging enough for the body, the calorific burn begins to plateau and your body becomes (there’s just no other way to put it!) bored and remains its fat, pudgy self.
#7 Low Exercise Intensity= No Weight Loss
If you are not challenging yourself, weight loss becomes next to impossible. This is because you will not gain strength or break through the plateau in your training. Don’t think you need to shake things up, but do exercise in a way that prompts your body to not adjust. Try interval training and high-intensity exercises to bring out the ability of the body to lose weight.
#8 Strength Training Makes Sense, Walking Does Not!
While walking has a lot of health benefits, it does not bring about weight loss. This is because it is a cardio exercise of light intensity. The metabolic rate is influenced by muscle mass. The greater your muscle mass, the higher your metabolism. This explains why that beefed up bodybuilder has zero percent body fat. So, try strength training if you want to lose weight and see results. Ladies should not worry about developing muscles “like a man”– in fact, the very reverse will happen with slimming and toning that comes with strength training. So try body weight exercises, weight lifting, kettle ball training and other methods but make sure you get there.
#9 Weight Loss Is Not A Simple Equation
It does not work as simply as you burning a certain amount of calories after consuming it. Weight loss cannot be sidestepped. Restricting your diet instead of nutritional balance can harm thyroid functioning and bring down your metabolism. Limit carbs and sugar, eat less refined foods and exercise well if you want to get that trim, slim look.
#10 Exercise Cannot Undo Stress
Stress is a fact of modern life. Cortisol, the stress hormone, causes the body to break down the energy store. This gives you the power to work hard. But if cortisol levels don’t fluctuate, you cannot melt the fat. This is because your body is under constant stress and it may even start piling up the calories. Short bursts of intense exercise for 10-15 minutes works better than jogging for an entire hour!
#11 Your Body Does Not Have Fuel For Exercise
High carb intake is one of the most dangerous things you can do.It may give you strength for the workout, but it also increases your insulin levels and leads to insulin resistance. Consuming the right amount of protein and healthy fats, on the other hand. can help retain and build muscle composition. You don’t need to carb load like an athlete. But do ensure that your body is up to the challenge.
#12 Dietary Changes Can Make the Difference
If workout sessions are heavy, this means nothing. Researchers have found eighty percent of weight loss depends on your dining table, not the gym. Processed carbs, diet bars, and even cheap weight loss shakes can actually leave you open to heart conditions and obesity
At the end of the day, you need to have spent a lot of time eating right, exercising well and remaining active if you want to escape the trouble of piling on pounds of weight. Becoming fat is easy. Staying that way is even easier. But if you motivate yourself and choose the tough path, eating well and exercising right, you could be walking down the right road, when it comes to health outcomes as well as weight loss.