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Linda is a producer and lives in Virginia Beach. Come back each Monday and Wednesday to follow her progress.


July 10, 2006

Could Exercise Be Hurting Your Weight Loss Efforts?

The thought that exercise can hurt weight loss may seem ridiculous. I thought so too, until I read the following excerpt from an article on

" Too much aerobic exercise releases the fat producing hormone cortisol that actually increases body fat and reduces lean mass. Extreme aerobics also limits the release of growth hormone so necessary in preventing bone loss and protecting muscle."

I have a friend who was lamenting the fact that her daughter had started exercising before attempting to lose weight. The philosophy of her generation was, "lose the weight and then exercise to tone up."

I'm not sure who is right here. But my recent biggest loss came during a week when I did not exercise.

I'm still a firm believer in exercise. But right now I'm trying to determine exactly how many calories I need a day to lose weight without exercise. I want that as a baseline. Then I plan on hitting the YMCA again.

Summer is a good time for this test. It's so hot right now that I hate the thought of sweating any more than necessary.

One thing I am convinced of is that stress, regardless of it's source, is counterproductive to good health.

So when I head back to the YMCA, I'm going to put a little less pressure on myself to get there every day. If stress produces the hormone that sabotages weight loss, I think I'll do well to make my exercise program a fun activity that I do as often as possible.

I'm glad I've learned that it is possible to lose weight without exercising every day. That alone takes some of the pressure off.

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Previous blogs: How I got Roped into This, Dodging the Donuts, Why Losing Weight Takes Faith, When the Scales Won't Budge, Ask the Experts, Sweet Scale Success, Are You Having Fun Yet?, All or Nothing, Weapons For Your Weight Loss War, Winning the Weight Loss Battle, Eating Over Anger











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