This is me in a question form!


This question landed in my inbox this morning – and it sums me up I think.


Q: I have reduced my food intake and increased the amount of time spent exercising at the gym, but my weight is increasing. Why?


Are you sure you really have reduced your food intake? Have you been keeping a food record and writing down every bite plus the calories contained in those bites? It could be that you are hungrier after increasing your exercise time at the gym and do not realize that you are actually eating more. If not, perhaps you are building muscle — check your body fat and see. Most gyms have the equipment to test body fat. A good quick way to estimate if added weight is muscle and not fat is to see how your clothes fit. If you are gaining weight but you are finding that your pants fit more loosely over your hips and waist, perhaps you are indeed losing fat but gaining muscle. However, generally, the problem is eating more than you realize. When you get hungry you generally overeat beyond your hunger. In addition, most people underestimate their daily caloric intake by as much as 50 percent!

I would not use this problem as a reason to stop exercising, however. Even if you do not lose weight, exercise can give you tremendous health benefits, such as lowering your risk for developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

– Dr. Apovian



June 15, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Interesting Articles.

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