You’ve been living a lie.
But don’t worry you’re not alone. We all have.
You’ve been told it’s your fault that you can’t lose weight. And if you just stopped being lazy and tried a little harder, you could shed that spare tire.
You probably even feel guilty for not spending hours at the gym every day.
Because you KNOW if you did, you would FINALLY lose the weight.
The only trouble is it’s not true.
In fact, everything they’ve told you about exercise and weight loss is WRONG.
And I’ll prove it…
The exercise mistake we ALL make
In the early 2000s, Americans took to exercise like ducks to water. Physical activity levels skyrocketed. And we haven’t looked back since.
But you know what else peaked during that time? Our WEIGHT.
That’s right, we’re moving more now than ever before. Yet obesity has still become an epidemic.
And there’s one simple reason for that. And it’s the REAL reason you can’t lose the weight.
You can’t outrun your fork.
In other words, you could exercise day and night. You could rack up countless pushups and squats. But in the end STILL not beat the battle of the bulge.
Because no matter what they’ve told you, exercise alone isn’t going to cut it. And until you change what you’re eating too, those pounds will stick around.
Getting to the bottom of calorie burn
Exercise doesn’t burn nearly as many calories as you think.
To lose a single pound of weight, you have to burn through 3500 calories.
But that hour-long walk you’re taking every day? It only burns between 200-350 calories, depending on how much you weigh and how fast you walk.
In other words, exercise alone isn’t enough. Even if you work out every day, you’ll still fall FAR short of burning as many as you need to make the scale budge.
And overestimating calorie burn isn’t the only thing standing your way. It turns out most of us are underestimating something else that’s equally as important.
Counting calories is HARD WORK
Newsflash… we’re TERRIBLE at knowing out how much we’ve actually eaten.
Studies show most people’s guesses of how many calories they’ve swallowed in a sitting falls FAR short of reality.
And it isn’t just you’re average Joe who has trouble. The pros do too.
In two separate studies, nutritionists totally bungled their estimates on the number of calories in a meal. They undershot by up to 700 calories per dish.
And experts say the rest of us can underestimate our calorie intake by as much as 40 percent.
In other words, you’re likely eating far more than you think. So even if you are intent on using exercise to burn off what you eat, you once again, will be foiled by the fork.
Betrayed by your own body
But the twists don’t end there.
Do you ever feel ravenously hungry after exercise?
There’s a reason for that. Your body doesn’t like to lose weight.
It’s built to hold on to as much energy as possible. That way you’ll have the fuel you need to get through lean times.
So going from zero to hundred on your exercise routine can backfire bigtime. It can cause your brain to send out frantic messages that you need to eat more because you’re in danger of starving to death
Which is why overeating after a hard workout is so common.
Focus on lower carb eating to lose weight
So, despite what you’ve been told, exercising until you drop isn’t the best way to lose those extra pounds. And relying on calorie counting will likely backfire on you too.
But you CAN shed that spare tire. The key is to change WHAT you eat.
And hands down, the best way to lose the weight is to go lower carb.
Cut out the junk carbohydrates and added sugars. Increase your protein intake, focusing on grass-fed meats and dairy. And fill out your diet with organic, veggies, whole fruits, and legumes.
You feel more full and satisfied, so you eat less. And your body will burn more of what you take in rather than storing it as fat.
Regular aerobic exercise is ESSENTIAL for good health. And resistance exercises will help you maintain fat-burning muscle.
But when it comes to beating the battle of the bulge, adjusting what you’re eating is the magic bullet you’ve been looking for.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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