What if your workout is making you fat?
"What type of workout should I be doing?" That is the number one question I am asked. I always respond, "What is your goal?" Then after a pause they will inevitably say, "I want to get rid of this" while grabbing some part of their body. My response often catches them off guard as I, depending on my relationship with the person, point to the same spot on them and say, "This is not about what you do in here. This is about hormone control, predominantly, insulin."
Yes, that’s right. It is more about what you put in your mouth than what you do in the gym or track.
They are even more shocked when I tell them that what they are doing in the gym or on the track is probably making that problem area LARGER!
This takes most people by surprise. No fault of our own, as we have had it jammed down our throat for YEARS, we think we must eat less and move more. There is a lot of misleading and contradicting information out there. I believe that Dr. Fung is a great resource for finding the more science based studies out there. If you are having trouble finding them, let me know and I can post a few of them up on the blog.
So then how do you lose this weight? And is your workout really making you fat?
To lose the weight, get your hormones in check. Talk to your doctor. If you need a referral to a doctor that truly understands this in the Tampa Bay area, let me know I can put you in contact with a few.
Now onto the "meat" of the issue, if you will. Are you obsessed with high intensity workouts? More is better? No pain, no gain? If it worked for you in your twenties, it should work for you now? Sorry. Those types of workouts are making you fatter.
I know. I know. I'm telling you that those workouts that make you sore for days, the ones that make your knees and shoulder ache, aren't helping.
That’s right! You are indirectly creating an environment in your body that is more conducive to fat gain then fat loss.
Now notice I said fat loss - not weight loss. If you want to lose weight, keep eating crap and working out harder. Doing that will help you lose weight... well, at least for a little while. Oh and you are going to want an exit strategy for this approach. Exit strategy? As in, what is your game plan once your joints are shot and you can't workout at the same intensity anyway? Luckily, I tell my clients to cut it out and try to heal the damage already done.
If you have a desire to create a body you love, that feels good and looks good, you have come to the right spot.