Are You Triggering Your Body To Hold Onto Fat?

Too Much Exercise

Is your exercise program triggering your body to hold onto fat?

Trying to lose weight but yet the scale just doesn’t seem to budge?

If you’ve been putting in hours and hours at the gym without much luck, this could in fact be the reason you aren’t seeing the results that you’re looking for.

When it comes to exercise, most people think the more they do, the better their results.

However, the body often fights back when too much exercise is being performed, slowing down your progress.

Let’s go into the details of why this occurs so that you can see why more really is less.

Energy Balance

The first reason that too much exercise can throw your results off is simply because of the energy balance scale.

This basically means that your body can only sustain so much of a calorie deficit before it starts to slow its metabolic rate down in effort to conserve as much fuel as possible.

Whether this energy deficit comes from a very low calorie diet or a very high level of activity doesn’t matter too much, it will still happen.

So if you’re eating a moderate calorie diet but doing hours and hours of exercising each day, your total daily calorie balance is still going to be very negatively shifted.

So much so that the body may begin to prevent further fat loss from taking place.

Your body will perceive this state to be a time of famine, and as such, any weight it does lose will be far more likely to be lean muscle mass than it is actual body fat.

That only results in an even slower metabolic rate, further decreasing your chances of success.

Intensity Level

Another big problem to note is that the intensity of your workouts will also go down.

The more exercise you’re doing on a regular basis, the less intense that exercise can be.

It’s a basic law of exercise that everyone needs to understand. And, when it comes to seeing optimal fat burning results, exercise intensity is one of the most important factors.

Exercise

Taking time out is sometimes the healthiest option

If you aren’t exercising hard enough, you won’t get that post workout calorie burn that you should and that is so important for ongoing fat loss results.

Moderate intensity training does very little to actually change your body.  For better results, you need to boost it up.

You can only do this however if you are well rested.

Strength Progression

Finally, the last point to note is that your strength level will also take a tumble.

When you’re going into a workout in a fatigued state already, you simply can’t expect to hit any personal bests.

This is going to mean less actual progress in terms of your physical performance, which can be demotivating in itself.

You can often judge a lot of how you are moving along with your program simply by whether you are increasing the amount of weight you are lifting over time, and chances are that if you are exercising multiple hours each week, this simply isn’t happening.

So there you have a few of the main reasons why less really is more when it comes to fat loss.

Your best bet is to add in 3-4 intense workouts each week and then let your diet do the rest of the work for you.

It will be imperative that you are keeping tabs on your overall calorie level as this is what will dictate which direction the scale moves.

So take some time away from the gym when you need it, knowing you aren’t stepping back in progress, but rather, quite possibly stepping ahead.