“Exercise for Weight Loss” is an article series detailing the most successful exercise strategies that can be used to assist in speeding up the weight loss process, and help you end-up with a sleek, toned physique once your body weight gets down to your goal-weight. 

Does your exercise need a diet?

People who are trying to lose weight often find exercising really tough, especially for the first few weeks of the programme. They struggle to make the time adjustments, especially if they have to wake up earlier, and they find their energy levels fall in the afternoon, because they are expending more energy in the gym.

But that all starts to go away after a little while, and a different feeling sets in. These same people start to feel like the gym is their second home, and they begin to love being there. They love the gym so much that they may even begin going twice per day, instead of once.

Their sessions get longer until they are being inconvenienced by the other things in their life. You start refusing to go out for dinner with friends because you need to be at the gym at 4:30am, you skip family events because you’ve got a training session, and you lose interest in any other hobbies you may have had…

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This all works out really well for a while

They see real results from the high levels of exercise. They get compliments from family, friends, and even strangers. They feel AMAZING in their own skin, possibly for the first time EVER.

And then it happens… They get injured, and the doctor says that gym is a no-go for a few weeks (or a few months). And what happens? Life comes undone at the seams. The weight piles itself back on. The confidence falls away. The previously happy, energetic person becomes a shell of her former self.

If this could be you, let me offer some gentle advice

Don’t fall in love with exercise. Use exercise as a means to an end, and do it in a balanced manner. Enjoying your training is one thing, but building your life around it is something very different.

If you feel like you’ve become ‘addicted’ to your exercise goals, and your relationships with friends and family are suffering, put your exercise plan on a diet for a while. If you feel like your life begins to fall apart, you probably need to assess what’s actually going on.


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