Are you exercising and still not losing weight?
Hey everyone, today I will be sharing my thoughts on exercising and losing weight. I will explain why exercise doesn’t always help you to lose weight, in fact, it can even cause weight gain!
I have experienced both. Exercise has helped me lose weight and then in other time slots of my life it has caused me to put on weight.
During my final weight-loss attempt in which I lost 77 pounds (35kg) within 15 months, I have started exercising and it has helped me shed those 77 pounds and reach my goal weight.
Having said that, exercise was only 20% of my success, the rest was a combination of mindset, my why, and a few other things that I talk about in my book: My 18 Year Weight-loss Journey.
I still exercise every morning, 5 days a week and if it’s nice weather on Saturdays and Sundays, I will go for a relaxing walk outside. Monday to Friday I exercise on my treadmill as well as my rowing machine and lift some weights as well, 2-3 times per week.
On my treadmill I walk for 45 min every morning and burn around 350 calories. When I was losing the 77 pounds, I exercised in the morning and also added another 20 min of treadmill in the afternoon if I had time.
Just like I mentioned before, I have had times throughout the last 2 years when exercise actually caused me to gain weight. Yes, it’s weird and doesn’t make sense but I have experienced it. Maybe you have to? Let me know in comments below or connect with me on FB 😊
So why does this happen? Well for me personally, it is my Thyroid and Adrenal glands. After losing both my parents both at once on 8th Sep, 2017, the trauma, shock, heartache that I have experienced took a toll on my whole body.
I suddenly began having pain in my fingers, toes and just shooting pain in random parts of my body. I was so scared and didn’t know what was happening to me. On top of that, I was getting stabbing pain and dull pain in my neck, something I had never experienced before. On top of that, migraines at least once a week, along with nausea and vomiting.
I went to doctors, had blood tests, had x-rays and results always came back normal but I wasn’t feeling normal. I decided to see Naturopaths, 2 of them. They did other tests on me, checked my thyroid and adrenal glands. Suddenly we were getting somewhere.
I was told that my thyroid is inflamed and the nodes on it are larger than normal. I was told that my adrenal glands are overworked due to stress, sadness, heartache.
Due to my thyrpod struggling, it was up to the Adrenal glands to step in and ‘save the body’ by trying to give me the energy needed during the day to survive.
Because the Adrenal glands were struggling and running on empty, it was pumping out excess cortisol, the stress hormone which causes inflammation, which in turn causes pain. No wonder I was in so much pain!
Each time I was exercising, I was wearing out my adrenal glands even more. In turn, even more stress hormone was being pumped throughout my body. What does stress mean for our body? It means we will NOT lose weight no matter how hard we try, unless we eat 600 cals per day, everyday and we know that is not healthy.
So exercising can actually cause weight gain if our Thyroid and Adrenal glands are struggling.
How do you know you have Adrenal fatigue?
Some of the symptoms of Adrenal gland fatigue are:
– Fatigue, tiredness
– Body aches and pain
– Low blood pressure
– Loss of body hair
– Skin discoloration
– Restlessness and can’t sleep at night even though you are tired
What causes Adrenal fatigue?
Well…the main cause is stress. Stress about work, stress about a problem in your life which you don’t have control over. Heartache of losing loved ones. Stress on your body from too much caffeine and sugar. Yes, caffeine can put so much stress on your adrenal glands!
You feel tired, you go for another coffee (usually with sugar), and it gives you a quick surge of energy only to find yourself an hour later so tired and lightheaded. You are in a continuous vicious cycle!
To make it worse, because of so much caffeine, you can’t settle down at night and sleep, so then your adrenal glands are running on empty and the next day pumping out cortisol like crazy to keep you going and of course you enter the vicious cycle of coffee all over again.
Best thing to do is move on to pure green tea. It is so much healthier and contains much less caffeine than coffee. It is best to drink it without sugar of course.
I share alot of information about green tea in both my books:
Green tea is rich in antioxidants and studies have shown that it fights cancer so why not switch to this healthy alternative?
Back to exercise… I noticed that when I have pushed myself to walk very fast and jog on the treadmill, I have not lost weight at the end of the week. As soon as I started listening to my body and taking it slower but being consistent daily, I have started seeing the weight drop at the end of each week, with exception to when it’s that time of the month (sometimes, not every month) and that is normal. Our body is not a robot, it goes through a lot of changes each month, especially for us women.
I hope you have enjoyed the read and please share if you have found this post helpful 💗
Thankyou so much for reading this far and please take care and stay healthy and safe!