Why Doing Too Much Exercise Can Make You Fat

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Weight Loss

More Is Not Necessarily Better

I read a very interesting article today on the subject of over exercising and how sometimes it can actually keep you fat. In many of my blog posts, I emphasise the importance of good nutrition and regular exercise in maintaining a healthy weight.

I stand by this philosophy, because when I post my articles on this website I’m concerned with overall health, not just weight loss. I have also said many times that the best way to lose weight is to expend more energy that you intake. However, reading this article has prompted me to clarify my statements because strictly speaking, these are not the only two elements that come into play when we are trying to lose weight.

When it comes to losing weight, the standard rule is energy in vs. energy out. And this is a great place to start. But other factor come also come into play. For example, the way by body metabolises food intake is completely unique. So if you have a metabolism deficiency the cards can really be stacked against you.

It pays to have all the facts, and to separate fact from fiction. You can do a lot to optimise your metabolism, including exercising your body. And just like everything there is a right and a wrong way to exercise.

In makes sense when you think about it; if you are putting too much stress on your body, it can do strange things to your body chemistry, which affects your metabolism. The article I was reading case studied a young woman who was having problems losing weight. She was a marathon runner and who ate about 1400 calories per day.

Now for a marathon runner, that is a really small amount of calories. When the doctor in the article looked into her case, he discovered that she was eating mostly carbs and virtually no fats, and that she HATED running. So much so in fact, that she felt as though she was punishing herself whenever she went for a run. So why was she putting herself through all that pain for virtually no gain?

Apparently she believed in the myth that the only way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you eat. And why shouldn’t she? I mean, this is what the majority of weight loss experts tell us. Yet despite everything, it seems her body had other ideas; so her doctor changed her diet to include more protein and some good fats.

Remember, all fats are not necessarily bad! We all need some fat in our diet. If your body is deprived of essential fats, your metabolism will shut down and it will be very difficult for you to maintain a healthy weight. Her doctor also encouraged her to participate in regular exercise that she actually enjoyed but which may not be quite so hard on her body…. and guess what? The weight fell off her!

This is so interesting to me and confirms my philosophy that if we overdo it, it can really muck around with the way our bodies metabolise. So you’re much better off doing a little less exercise as long as it is something you enjoy. If you go too hard you are actually burning sugar, not fat.

Having said that, I still maintain that in order to maintain a healthy weight, you should eat good, unprocessed healthy foods most of the time; you should enjoy regular exercise (but avoid over exercising) and that you should look after your emotional health. Just don’t kill yourself by over exercising. It’s all about balance.