Are you working out a lot, but noticing very little results? Get the facts and kick start your efforts
I recently stopped by a friend’s house and overheard a guest’s frustration over her weight. She worked out 5-7 days a week for an hour a day and claimed to have a healthy diet. From a stranger’s point of view, I would have never known that this girl lead an active and healthy lifestyle. Even if a person is a little overweight, I can usually tell that they are working out by their skin, and muscle definition. My assumption and answer to her was that the calories consumed were exceeding the calories being burned. I can also assume that she was spending more time on cardio training vs a balance of cardio and resistance training, due to the lack of muscle tone.
Many individuals fall into the same boat as the frustrated guest. The assumption that a person has a license to eat everything and anything if they workout is not necessarily valid. The frustrated guest felt that due to her hour spent workout every morning, her metabolism should be at its optimum and that she should be a skinny minny.
In an article published in Exercise and Sport Sciences Review , Professor of Medicine Edward Melanson of the University of Colorado conducted a study involving 65 volunteers, measuring their overall calorie burn on workout days vs non-workout days. The individuals were chosen based on moderate to low activity levels. Half of the individuals were put on a workout schedule, while the others were not. The volunteers who were asked to exercise had to perform a stationary bike workout that would burn 400 calories, and all members had a controlled diet.
The conclusion to the study was that calorie burn in all volunteers did not make a difference whether they worked out that day or not. The true factor to weight loss was back to the most reliable formula: More calories burned vs calories in.
Researchers continue to support the idea of physical fitness because of the many health benefits to the body and mind. They suggest doing the math when it comes to calories being consumed. Please keep in mind that this study was done on moderate to low activity level individuals and more research needs to be done on high intensity exercise for prolonged periods.
I totally agree with this study. I used to be that girl that complained “but I workout so hard and eat so good!” Yes, I ate too good. After really understanding the basic formula of weight loss, it was smooth sailing from then on.
So if you don’t how many calories you’re burning throughout the day, then I suggest you find your magic number. To maintain your weight, eat around that magic number and if you need to drop some weight then eat a few hundred less.
You can do it!