Apparently, working out too much can prevent your body from burning fat
Every day we hear a new theory on what we should and shouldn’t be eating or how to make the most out of our time in the gym. Keeping up with it all can be almost as exhausting as exercise itself, but the latest news might actually be music to your ears. One nutritionist has argued that the reason you might not be losing weight is because you are exercising too much.
Jessica Sepel – an Australian nutritionist and best-selling author – took to her blog to explain why over-exercising actually prevents you from losing weight, The Independent reports.
“From a clinical and personal experience, I can tell you that over-exercising can do more harm to your weight than good,” she says. “I see clients all the time who exercise every day (sometimes twice) and still can’t lose weight.
“When you work out too much, your cortisol levels spike (remember, your body doesn’t know the difference between exercise stress and normal stress). Then, when you stress out about working out, your cortisol levels go crazy.”
She went on to explain that high cortisol levels mean your body can’t burn off fat – “it’s too busy trying to balance out your parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems”.
Sepel recommends that instead of doing so much high intensity exercise, you should mix it up with some restorative fitness, including yoga and Pilates or even walking.
“If you haven’t shifted your weight by now with high intensity exercise, try cutting it back and see if that makes a difference,” she explained. “A rested body is a healthy body – and it is incredibly important to commit to resting daily.”
Well, there’s a great excuse to skip the gym this weekend if ever we heard one.