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Weight Loss and Exercise

   Many of my patients hit the gym hard 4-6 days a week and complain that they can't lose a pound.  Animal and human studies have shown that our ability to lose weight with exercise is a complex genetic and biochemical process.  In fact our athletic ability is based mostly on our genetic blueprint. Ever wonder why some people are natural runners and others just can't do it?

     The ability to lose body fat with exercise is inherited and only 50% of the population have the genetic capacity to do it.  The other half of us are what are known as exercise non-responders.  We can exercise all we want and our body won't give up the pounds.

     But Wait!!   Don't stop exercising.  Exercise is one of the best medicines for our health, even if it won't reduce our weight.  Physical Activity reduces inflammation, lowers insulin and blood sugar levels, tones the body, takes inches off our body, improves circulation, enhances our breathing, promotes circulation, and will even make you live longer.  Good reasons to continue exercising.

     For us non-responders, we must exercise and focus on diet.  Even the exercise responders will only lose a few pounds over months with vigorous exercise. Our weight is about our diet and exercise is about fitness, inches, and overall health.

     We cannot out train a bad diet. So, don't beat yourself up if exercise won't get rid of the pounds. Keep doing it for the sake of your overall health and longevity. 

     This should make you feel better and less frustrated about your exercise and allow you to do it for all the right reasons.  Now focus on the dietary component of weight loss and you'll see amazing results. 

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The Big Picture

We are now tired of being overweight and have made the decision to lose excess body fat and get to a leaner place. 

Never Alone

When we make the personal decision to start losing weight and get healthy, it's typically done in a quiet conversation inside our head.  We don't trumpet this decision to the world. 

The Little Things

 We want to lose weight now and lots of it.  We are disappointed if we only lose 8 pounds in a month.  We go for any program that promises big and fast weight loss. 

Barriers to Weight Loss

 We all want to be at our best weight.  We want to look good, feel good, and be full of energy.  We all know that carrying less body fat and overall body weight will help us achieve these goals. 

Many Measures

Many of my patients and people, in general, get fixated on the scales.  I think the scales are important and tracking our body weight is a great measure of getting leaner.