Gaining Weight But Exercising More? How Does That Make Sense?

runners-silhouettes-athletes-fitness-39308When undertaking a new exercise program, an unexpected, yet common occurrence for some is actually gaining weight in the early phases of the regime. Research has shown that particularly those people who led relatively sedentary lifestyles prior to exercising do not lose weight straight away, and sometimes end up gaining weight. This phenomenon may not make sense, though when taking into account what weight loss really requires, then it is an established fact that excise alone cannot be counted on for weight loss.

 

Researchers agree that the problem lies in the fact that more energy expenditure (calories burned) leads to more energy consumption. So those who are beginning a new exercise program may find that their appetite increases, thus leading to more food consumption. It has been stated that particularly when it come to aerobic exercise, such as swimming, walking, running and cycling, this leads to more production of the hormones which regulate appetite, leading to more hunger and more desire to intake more energy.

 

Another phenomenon which has been found to occur is when people create a workout schedule, and actually compensate (perhaps unknowingly) for that period of activity by being more inactive afterwards, which leads to less energy expenditure for the rest of the day. In short, were it to be the case of exercising for just 1 hour, and allowing ourselves to rest more than regularly, whilst eating more than we usually would due to increased appetite, then this can all lead to more energy being consumed than what was actually expended, meaning weight gain, instead of weight loss. To ensure that your program is giving you the results you desire, be sure to moderate your food intake, eating fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables and not gorging straight after a workout. As well, be sure to maintain constant movement and activity throughout the day. Talking to a certified health physician will also greatly benefit you!