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Is Your Workout Making You Fat?

You workout.

Day after day.

Week after week.

Month after month.

Yet the scale doesn’t budge.  In fact, your jeans are getting a little tighter … ugggg, not really what the goal was, is it?

This all came about from a conversation with a woman in our Mohr Results Boot Camp recently.  She was looking to lose belly fat and wanted a flatter stomach.  And, she said, an added perk would be if she can FINALLY fit into her skinny jeans.

She was coming to boot camp 5 days/week.  Hoping THIS was the answer to lose weight.  Unfortunately, to her dissapointment the scale wasn’t moving.

We started talking a bit more about her nutrition. 

She said she is eating more because since she started exercising, she’s STARVING all the time.  BUT, she thought since she’s exercising, she’d be working any extra food right off to help her lose the weight she was looking to lose.

Ahhhh, therein lies the problem.

I reminder her that exercise doesn’t work.


I continued — without changing your nutrition. 

In fact, a recent study out of Harvard showed that kids who exercised ate back all the calories they burned and more.

Wow, kind of seems like this exercise thing is backfiring!

The key is simply to remember that it is way too easy to outeat your exercise.

You burn 100 calories/mile of walking or running. 

5 sips of a latte will pack those 100 calories right back on.

It’s harder to burn ’em than it is to eat ’em.  Unfortunately. 

And there’s also a change in certain hormones when you exercise.  Certain hormones that may make you hungrier.  Argggg, what to do, what to do.

Here are 3 ways to get your exercise to work for you:

  1. Exercise alone won’t help you slim down.  Nutrition is the real difference maker.
  2. It takes a lot more time to burn calories than it does to eat or drink them.  Be smart.
  3. Fuel your body before you exercise so A) you get more out of it and, B) you’re not so famished by the time you’re done, you’re ready to eat anything and everything.

And, at the end of the day, it’s about a lot more than just the scale anyway!

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