So you’ve been hitting the gym for as long as you can remember, yet cannot explain why you still are carrying an extra 20 pounds. The problem may not be with the gym or the time you spend working out. It may be time to consider the relationship among your workout routine, what you eat, and weight loss.
Most of the time we’re made to believe that exercising is the best strategy for losing weight. We go to the gym, burn calories, and expect extra fat to melt away. This is not the whole picture. Exercise alone is not enough, and when we work hard and don’t get results, we may be tempted to give up.
The Value of Exercise
Calories in our bodies help the heart, brain, muscles, and various physical efforts that require energy gained from calories. They help our bodies control levels of toxic chemicals derived from inflammation. Inflammation is directly linked to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Exercising can reduce levels of toxicity in our bloodstream.
When inflammation is reduced, the body slows efforts to burn calories, increasing the potential for fat storage. To avoid building fat, the best strategy is to maintain a healthful eating plan.
Sugary, fatty “treats” after workouts only set you back. To get manage weight, whole grain diets with lots of leafy greens and fruits can increase the benefits from regular exercise. It’s possible to lose extra pounds with diet alone, but it’s usually just a matter of time before it’s gained back (without physical activity).
Exercise machines claiming to show how much you’ve lost in a 40-minute workout cannot be trusted. Most of them display calorie values for motivational purposes. You might also be burning fat while gardening, playing with the kids, walking, etc.
Truthfully, no one should exercise just to lose weight. Working out, running, playing sports all build strength, boost your immune system, and reduce risk of heart attack and diabetes. It can also increase your energy levels.
Results from diet and exercise take time. You won’t see much change within the first week, but you’ll probably feel some immediate benefits. Brampton Physiocare and Wellness Clinic is ready to help you devise an effective plan that establishes a lifelong pursuit of wellness. Call us today at (905) 497-1311.