Are you working out yet still gaining weight? Are you getting frustrated and starting to lose hope that you will get the weight off?
Don’t despair. There are may be some things that you don’t know about your metabolism that can cause results that are the opposite of what you are expecting.
Exercise is an important component of health but so are eating, sleeping, managing stress levels, and undiagnosed medical conditions. Any of these or a combination of them could be creating the problem.
Let’s talk wholistic approach to weight loss to see how some or all of these components could be the cause of your weight gain. Let’s start with the exercise itself.
1) The wrong exercises won’t help you lose weight
When you think about losing weight do you think about cardio as the best way to lose weight?
Think again. Cardiovascular or aerobic exercise is a good part of the plan, but it is not the best or only plan.
As we age our bodies tend to naturally lose muscle mass. Muscle mass is a secret to maintaining or losing weight. It also helps stabilize blood sugars to prevent the onset of diabetes.
Our muscles burn extra excess blood glucose and prevent it from being stored as fat in the body. As we lose muscle mass we gain weight more easily. This is what many woman attribute to a “slowing of the metabolism” in their forties and fifties.
The solution is to include muscle toning, weight training or resistance exercises in your exercise plan.
If you are gaining weight on your current regimen you have to look at your exercise plan. Is it challenging to you?
Cardiovascular exercise or aerobic exercise works if you are actually burning calories during your workouts. This means that you need to workout hard enough that you are burning calories to cause weight loss. You need to get your heart rate up during your exercise program and you must do it several times per week.
Current exercise recommendations are moderate exercise for 30 minutes, five times per week. To lose weight, you will want to increase that to 45-60 minutes.
2) Food is part of the equation