Overestimating Calories Burned
Overestimating the amount of calories expended is an easy thing to do, especially since working out can be so exhausting. It feels as if several hundred calories have been burned when in fact a thirty minute walk will only use around 150 calories. Those five minutes spent consuming a 500 snack or meal will take are least two hours to burn off.
Eating More After Exercise
Our bodies are naturally inclined to maintain our weight, so we compensate for lost calories by eating more. As a matter of fact, if we are not careful, we are very likely to put the same amount of calories back in our bodies that a workout just burned. Exercise, after all, does tend to leave us feeling hungry. To combat this issue, you can wait until just before snack time to workout or count calories so that your overall caloric intake is lower. Simple math tells us we must expend more calories than we consume in order to lose weight. No more extra snacks after exercise or using food as a reward system.
Moving Less Overall
Exercise is often very tiring. We tend to do less physical activity after a good workout. It is much easier to take the elevator instead of the stairs when still feeling the effects of the workout. Plus, it seems as if plenty of energy has been burned for the day. However, this is a detrimental way of thinking. Particularly, do not sit around doing no physical activity at all for the rest of the day. Moving and consuming less are key. That should be the ultimate goal in order to achieve weight loss while working out.
Next time you try losing weight through exercise alone, remember that there are other factors at play. Things like over estimating the number of calories burned, overeating, and moving less overall can hinder the weight loss process. Keep these things in mind when implementing a workout plan in order to have the best chances for success.