Exercising but not Losing Weight

Many among us face a problem that even after exercising regularly we do not lose weight. Well it may sound odd, but this is true for many people. They keep on wondering what is restricting their weight from coming down despite exercising. If you are exercising but not losing weight, then it is important to identify the real cause.

Exercising but not Losing Weight

Exercising but not Losing Weight- Identifying the Causes

Although exercise is important for losing weight, sometimes you may feel that you are not losing weight after exercising so much. For such problems, you may have to revise your diet and exercise plan.

Diet for Losing Weight

Some people think that if you eat in excess, it can be balanced by exercising. It should be understood that in order to lose weight the body should burn more calories than you take in. To lose weight you need to burn calories than storing the same.

Diet has everything to do with losing calories even if you are exercising. If you are consuming high calorie food, then it is very much possible that you could be dealing with the situation of exercising but not losing weight. The choice of food when trying to lose weight is very important. Eating junk food, processed and highly seasoned foods cannot serve the purpose of weight loss and you may feel that you are not losing weight even after exercising so much.

If you wish to lose weight, you need to eat food in moderation. A balance of healthy foods and proper exercises can help you lose weight. It is necessary to eat food that can make you feel full such as whole grain foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, etc. As you need to lose weight, you need to increase foods that boost your metabolism and burn more calories rather than just cutting down on food and exercising too much.

It is also important to avoid excess sugar, fats and processed foods or else even with regular exercise you will find it difficult to lose weight. When doing exercises, your body needs water as exercising tends to make the body dehydrated. So drinking lot of water helps the body stay fit and hydrated.

Exercises for Losing Weight

Cardio is certainly one of the significant most necessary parts of one’s workout routine. It maintains health, it increases metabolism and helps in sweating. But doing too much cardio may leave counter effect. Doing excessive cardio can increase the problem instead of curbing it. Excessive cardio can reduce lean muscle mass which is highly essential to enhance metabolism. Without adequate metabolism the body is unable to burn calories and instead it begins to store more fat.

Exercising too much can also have a negative impact that it can make you feel hungrier and you may tend to eat more than usual. This can also be another cause of dealing with a situation of exercising but not losing weight.

Excessive Stress

Exercising is a stress and when you are exercising so much to lose weight, you should get adequate rest. Giving adequate time for your body and mind to relax can help you enjoy the benefits of exercising and losing weight. Exercises help to release stress relieving hormones, however, if it happens in excess, the regulation of these hormones and stress management is affected.

Excessive physical stress due to exercises and other chores too can leave the muscles of the body exhausted. This can affect their performance and there are chances that you may not be losing weight even after exercising so much.

Inadequate Sleep

Sleep is an essential factor to maintain good health and when sleep is inadequate it is possible that body never sheds stubborn fat. When one is sleeping for few hours or having little sleep for some reason it can directly contribute to reduced metabolism and increased fat storing.

So, if you are dealing with exercising but not losing weight, you may have to consider taking adequate sleep at night.

Weight Loss Exercise Regime

If you aim at losing weight, it is important that you follow a healthy routine with a balanced diet, adequate sleep and a proper exercise routine. In order to lose weight, simple exercises may not work, you may have to consider a proper fat burning exercise regime, according to your health condition. A perfect combination of cardio or aerobic exercises along with flexibility exercises and strength training can help to a great extent.

Choosing jogging, cyclingswimming or aerobics, along with some weight training and yoga can be opted, preferably under an expert’s guidance. It is important to know the basics, warm up and cool-down exercises and other precautions to prevent injuries and overstrain while exercising.

For average person push-ups, squats, and lunges are a great place to start with, strength training together with cardio is known to offer better results. There are some interval training which one may think about starting such as short bursts. Strength training or resistance training is one effective solution to shed away excess fat.

Exercising but not Losing Weight Could also be due to Medical Conditions and Treatments

When medicines of varying types are taken, it may be possible that weight remains same all through your weight loss program. In spite of doing exercise rigorously, often medicines play their role in such way that it becomes hard to curb fat. Also, some medical conditions may be responsible for excess weight and could be a cause of not losing weight even after exercising so much. So it’s better to seek medical advice for appropriate diagnosis and also before taking medicine.

Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:May 12, 2017

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