We’ve been taught that if we can’t lose weight we just need to move MORE, eat LESS, and try HARDER. The deal is, moving more, trying harder and eating less for some people can be really detrimental to their health and actually interfere with weight loss.
For example, after exercise the hunger hormone, ghrelin, is 33% higher in women compared to men. The double whammy is that even after we eat, we still have 25% more ghrelin.
So if a woman is finding rigorous exercise just makes them want to eat more and then they cave in to quick burning sources of fuel like nutrient depleting processed carbs and sugar, then it sort of defeats the intent of exercise in the first place, right? It’s a vicious circle.
What’s a lady to do? Unfortunately, the answer is not better dieting or even weight loss surgery. In fact, over 90% of diets fail and weight loss surgery comes with a multitude of complications including malnutrition, vomiting, ulcers, bowel obstruction and hernias.
Don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely a place for fitness in everyone’s life. Lack of movement has been linked to a plethora of health conditions and exercise IS helpful in maintaining weight loss and a HEALTHY body BUUUUT healthy does NOT = skinny.
My point here is that if you’re beating yourself up to get to the gym instead of listening to the signals your body is sending you to chill out, then you could be hindering your goals. More moderate exercise, and not every day, could be the answer to your weight loss goals. And of course this all boils down to what are your goals are and how realistic they are. Loving the body you’re in and feeling confident and healthy is where I want to see my clients.
If this resonates with you, let’s chat about your health goals and how I can help. ❤❤❤
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