You dragged yourself to the gym every day for the last 4 weeks. You were faithful to the treadmill and the Smith machine. You vowed to not step on the scale for that month.
Now, it’s time. You strip to your skivvies to give yourself the best chance. Then, you look. And you can not believe your eyes.
You GAINED weight! What?
So what happened? It’s very likely that all you did was increase your exercise, or change to something new, but you not only didn’t really improve your eating habits, you likely gave yourself permission – consciously or not – to eat MORE. Yes, you can eat healthier foods, but the simple fact is, if you eat more calories than you are burning, you’re going to gain weight. That’s just how it works.
You might have even viewed the exercise as a chore, something you just didn’t enjoy, and didn’t really work that hard, and then on top of that, ate too much, and too much of the wrong things.
Studies have shown that people who view exercise as fun, as opposed to work, were much more likely to make healthier choices in food, and eat in moderation, whereas people who viewed it as work were more likely to make less healthy choices, and eat more of those junky foods.
It’s important to choose an exercise routine or program that you enjoy for many reasons, the above being just one of them. It also means you’re more likely to stick with it, enjoy the challenge of getting better at it, seek out others who are doing the same thing, and doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?
What would you rather do – 30 minutes of something you really hate, or something that makes you feel like a kid on the playground again?
Source: Precision Nutrition – Workout Out Causes Weight Gain.