For years, we’ve been told that exercise is crucial to good health and weight maintenance. But all those hours at the gym may turn out to be more harmful than helpful.
If you’re stressing your body with intensive, daily exercise and still not loosing weight, maybe it’s the exercise itself that’s the problem.
Time magazine recently ran a story about how exercise – especially the long and intense variety – may actually cause us to consume more calories than we expend, therefore negating all that hard work on the stair master or treadmill.
Time concluded that, “In short, it’s what you eat, not how hard you try to work it off, that matters more in losing weight. You should exercise to improve your health, but be warned: fiery spurts of vigorous exercise could lead to weight gain.”
As it turns out, eating healthily is actually a bigger contributor to overall fitness and weight management than exercise.
What’s So Bad About Exercise?
We’re not suggesting, of course, that all exercise is bad. In fact, a daily walk or bike ride and activities such as gardening and carrying groceries to your car are excellent ways to keep your muscles – including your heart – strong.
But too much exercise can stress out your body, cause injury, and ruin weight loss attempts.
The theory is that excessive exercise, such as using the elliptical machine for an hour every day, makes you voraciously hungry as your body fights to make up the calories it just burned.
After intense exercise, people often overeat, setting the stage for weight gain and a cycle of frustration.
The key is balance.
An active lifestyle is far more important to weight loss than labored work in the gym. Keeping an active lifestyle is as simple as taking the stairs instead of the elevator and playing outside with your children.
Find an activity that you love. How many of you truly love running on a treadmill every day? Pick an exercise that you enjoy doing, and you’ll be prone to pursue it often.
So, instead of peppering a sedentary lifestyle (driving to work, sitting at a desk, ordering take-out for dinner, and watching TV) with intense bursts of exercise at the gym, take small steps throughout your day to get up and move around.
Diet Plays a Bigger Role in Weight Loss Than Exercise
You’re probably aware of the weight loss mantra, “calories in versus calories out.” In many ways, this is an accurate statement, if not a bit oversimplified. We store extra calories as fat, and when we burn more than we consume, that’s when weight loss occurs.
But the debate continues over the best and most effective way to burn more than we consume.
A common misconception is that we can dramatically reduce the number of calories we consume by eating much less. But this method is not sustainable, and will only end up making you feel dissatisfied and prone to binges.
Instead, focus on the quality of foods you’re eating and how you’re eating them.
At Body Ecology, we stress foods and drinks that have a dual-purpose of satisfying your hunger and creating a healthy inner ecosystem, so that you can absorb more nutrients without having to consume more calories.
Here are some of our best weight loss tips:
- Eliminate sugar from your diet. Eating sugar will only make you crave more of it.
- Avoid processed foods. While they’re marketed as being easy and convenient,
most are full of chemicals, preservatives and sugars.
- Consume fermented foods and drinks. Probiotic-rich foods, like cultured
vegetables and probiotic liquids will help you naturally boost your immunity, build energy and aid your digestion, making it easier to loose weight and tone up your muscles.Many people drink diet colas and energy drinks in order to have enough energy to support an active lifestyle. Interestingly, the harmful chemicals and artificial sweeteners only serve to add pounds, not drop them. They’re more like candy in a bottle.So what can you do instead? Drink probiotic liquids, like Innergy-Biotic. Innergy-Biotic builds energy from the inside with whole food ingredients and probiotics, which help to boost energy and aid digestion…just what you need for your weight loss efforts.
Additional Support For Your Healthy Diet
Many of us need to be conscious of other ways we can aid our body in weight loss, besides just eating healthily and maintaining an active lifestyle.
Some people suffer from a condition called hypothyroidism. It occurs when your thyroid makes less thyroid hormone than your body needs, or if your thyroid makes the adequate amounts of hormones, but something (including your diet and toxins) is preventing these hormones from metabolizing properly.
If you have low thyroid, it’s often harder to lose weight. But don’t assume that you sluggishness can only be due to a thyroid problem, either. You could have adrenal fatigue. Many hypothyroid symptoms are so similar to adrenal fatigue that the two are often confused.1
Your adrenals, two walnut-sized organs that sit on top of your kidneys, are the workhorses of your body. If you are exhausted, chances are, your adrenals – AND their partner the thyroid – are, too.
Unfortunately, these days, we don’t get everything we need from food – especially conventional food that now floods the aisles of modern supermarkets.
Body Ecology’s whole food supplements are a great way to fill in the gaps and ensure your body is working as best it can to support weight loss.
Ocean Plant Extract. nourishes your thyroid and boosts metabolism, so it can be your ultimate weight loss companion.
Much of today’s overeating is actually a result of a body that is starving. If you are eating processed foods, your body lacks important minerals and you may binge eat as a result. In many cases, diet isn’t enough to get the minerals you need. Body Ecology’s Ancient Earth Minerals are just the solution if you want to boost your minerals and feed your adrenals. To learn more, read: Why People – Especially Kids – Are Not Getting Enough Minerals (and What to Do About It)
As you can see, there are far more efficient ways to losing weight than overstressing your body on exercise machines.
Don’t be a slave to the gym!
Instead, focus on eating a healthy Body Ecology diet, including fermented foods and drinks while boosting your metabolism with mineral-rich supplements. Find outdoor activities – like bicycling to the farmers market – that you’ll look forward to participating in.
With these changes in your lifestyle, you’ll find how simple and enjoyable it is to manage your weight AND feel more energetic.
- If you’re spending hours in the gym and not getting the weight loss results you want, perhaps your exercise routine is holding you back! Refocus your efforts on the Body Ecology Diet and a holistically active lifestyle.