Let me ask you a question:
Does this gym make my bum look fat?
Having been a member of different gyms throughout the years, as well as having worked in a few clubs, I have often seen people who work out all the time, but do not ever change. Their bodies stay the same – even though they do want to change and are, they believe, trying their best to change. What’s up with that, right?!?!?
Some might think that simply working out means major, insanely fantastic changes to the body.
And while I know for sure that exercise is an amazingly wonderful thing, it will not work wonders for you in certain circumstances. If you’re not seeing the changes you think you ought to be seeing, then perhaps you need to adjust something. Perhaps you are:
Not working hard enough, often enough Easy workouts are okay, but sometimes you do need to push it a bit. If you are always slowly plodding along with the latest best-selling novel in hand, you might want to think about cranking things up a notch on occasion.
Eating back all the calories you just burned off Yes, a sweaty session can make us feel a bit famished. But don’t mistakenly think that, just because you exercise, you can eat whatever you please. Sure, exercise burns calories, but not an insanely huge amount – not an amount that permits you to raid the fridge as if you haven’t eaten since last week.
Not lifting weights (cardio is fab, but strength is super) Pumping iron will not make you bulky - if you still believe that to be true. Being a cardio bunny and never daring to set foot in the weight room is a big mistake. Lifting weights will help build up your lean mass. And more lean mass equates to a higher metabolism. Plus, that lean mass will go a long way to making your body firmer and shapelier.
Thinking that exercise alone will make you lose weight The gym is wonderful. It will help you lose weight. It’ll make your heart happy and your body, overall, much healthier as well. But even if you exercise regularly, you still need to cut calories if you want to lose weight. Experts suggest that about 80% of weight loss is dependent on diet. So, sure, the gym factors into the equation, but it’s what you’re not eating that matters a bit more. Keep on sweating, but make sure that you’re watching what’s on your plate, too.
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