Hitting the Gym can Make You Gain Weight? What?!?!?!?!


I have always been a firm believer that working out helps you lose weight! I just read a Healthy Living article that talks about how you can actually gain weight after working out for months. According to a recent survey by Forza Supplements, it is possible for the number on the scale to go in the wrong direction.

After surveying a large number of people on their diet and exercise habits, they found that 26 percent of the participants in their study actually packed on pounds after they started going to the gym. There was some irregularity in how often the participants frequented the gym each week, but many of the gym-goers struggled to MAINTAIN their weight due to overindulging in foods before and after their workouts. The main takeaways are just because you work out harder, it doesn’t make up for pigging out. And you can’t just eat whatever you want and expect to lose or even maintain your weight.

People tend to forget about the definite health benefits of exercising other than just keeping your weight in check. Of course you feel better when your jeans zip, but it doesn’t come for free. “Once you’ve cleaned up your diet and learned healthy portion sizes, exercise will help you maintain or decrease your weight.”

I am a diligent exerciser for many reasons. The health benefits are awesome, of course, but I feel so much better when I am able to fit in a workout – even if it’s just 20 minutes. I am more patient with my family and can tackle just about anything after a good workout. But I just can’t live my life in a way that restricts me from indulging in what I enjoy. I think Drew Barrymore best said it when she was getting some heat for not losing her baby weight fast enough when she said “I could get hit by a bus tomorrow”. In other words, what’s life if you can’t enjoy some wine, chocolate and french fries? I am all about the 80/20 rule. Most of the time it works for me and that’s good enough. What’s the point in being good 100 percent of the time when you have to miss out on some of the best things in life? Just don’t go eating the entire stash of your favorite Halloween candy! I’ll try not to myself.


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