It is a common belief that the more you exercise, the more calories you burn. And the rule is simple, the more calories you burn, faster will be the weight loss. Right? After all exercising and diet are two important keys to shedding weight. In the absence of any one of the two, it can get difficult to get into your desired shape. But most of us wanting to lose weight want to do it fast and in order to attain their goal, they often over exercise, assuming that it will help. But does this theory really work?
What really happens When you workout and diet to an extreme level, your body can go out of balance. This, in turn, can slow down your weight loss process. Exercising is definitely good for your health but doing it in excess can be harmful to your health.
Maintaining the calorie balance
When trying to lose weight, it is important to maintain the calorie balance of the body. Caloric balance is defined as the balance between the number of calories you consume and the number of calories you burn off every day. When we consume excess of calories, the body stores it in the form of fat tissue and eventually you gain weight. When trying to lose weight, it is important to lose those fat tissues.
What science says
Nutritionists suggest that exercising too much can actually do more harm to you than good. When you work out too much, you put a lot of stress on your body, as a result, your cortisol levels spike. This happens because your body doesn’t know the difference between exercise stress and normal stress. High cortisol (a hormone released in response to stress and low blood-glucose concentration) means your body can't burn fat as it becomes too busy to balance the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. As a result, you may feel tired and can lose endurance.
What you need to do
Eating a healthy diet and doing the optimum amount of exercise will help you build strength and endurance. Nutritionists always recommend doing things in moderation. Weight loss is a slow process and takes its time to happen.