Frequent exercise won't make you lose weight

By Kim Abrahams
28 May 2017

Spending every day in the gym and enduring a strenuous workout won’t make you lose weight.

In fact, it might cause more harm than good.

This is according to an Australian nutritionist and best-selling author, Jessica Sepel.

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In a new post on her blog, Jessica explains why she believes excessive exercise doesn’t aid in weight-loss.

“When you work out too much, your cortisol levels spike (remember, your body doesn’t know the difference between exercise stress and normal stress),” she says.

Read more: Here’s how much exercise you need to burn off your favourite foods

“Then, when you stress out about working out, your cortisol levels go CRAZY. And high cortisol means your body can’t burn off fat – it’s too busy trying to balance out your parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems.”

Instead of intense cardio workouts that leave you gasping for air and drenched in sweat, Jessica recommends restorative exercise like walking, pilates or yoga.

So no, couch potatoes, although exercise in excess is bad for you, it is still very much necessary!


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