Why I don't lose weight by doing sports, it sucks 😫

Damn! But why am I not losing weight by doing sports?!?

Have you ever asked yourself this question? Well, I must admit that I wondered about it for years. And I'm not the only one.

The challenge of those who play sports without losing weight

Last Sunday, a new subscriber to this blog asked me about this same problem. Here is what she told me, among other things:

“I have a lot of trouble finding motivation to exercise at home because I make too big programs to get results (1h30 a day and only 2 days off) and of course I don't respect my programs because they are too intensive. My main goal is to find a program that will slim me down and help me build muscle. I absolutely want visible results.”

So, as this is not the first time that I have been asked about the subject, I decided to devote this article to it. Because the origin of the problem is sometimes in the way we try to deal with it. That's what kept me from lose fat for a long time. Rather, I tended to blame my genetics or my body type, and you may have the same good old reflex 😉

And it must be recognized that there is not much more demotivating than putting in a lot of effort for little or no results.

In reality, the cause of the problem may be this, as surprising as it may seem:

I'm not losing weight because I train too much!

This claim may really seem outlandish at first glance. And yet, it is one of the major causes of my lack of progress in the past. I trained at least 1h30 to 2h per session, and I always asked myself the same question: “Why am I not losing weight by playing sports? That's crazy."

So I thought maybe I was eating too much, but it's really hard to reduce your food intake when you're doing exhausting sessions. On the contrary, I threw myself on food to recover strength.

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But in reality, this kind of training only leads you to 3 things:

  1. physical exhaustion, and therefore you reduce your chances of building muscle;
  2. fat gain because you no longer control what you eat;
  3. A drop in motivation because your sessions do not produce the result you expect and they cost you a considerable amount of time.

It's a real vicious circle…we call it overtraining. And sometimes, when you don't get the results you expected, you do even more, further reducing your chances of progress.

Advice from a fitness expert

Recently, Courtney Pruce, personal trainer and owner of fitness studio one2onelondon, mentioned that, contrary to what you might think, “less is more” when it comes to getting in shape.

She said in an interview with Popsugar:

“Overtraining and lack of rest days can seriously harm your physical recovery. Not only are you risking injury and burnout, but you're also likely reducing your chances of progressing. You are not allowing your muscles or your central nervous system to recover properly.”

Although physical exhaustion can occur with any type of training, if your goal is to lose weight by weight training, it is particularly important to reduce your training time and keep rest days.

According to Courtney, if you don't allow enough time for your muscles to recover between sessions, not only will you still feel muscle fatigue during your sessions, but you will reduce your chances of progressing in strength and number of repetitions. 

You will never be able to give 100 % in every strength or fitness session.

I'm not losing weight because I'm exhausting my mental resources

Overtraining doesn't just affect your physique. Giving it your all in every session and feeling exhausted hurts your motivation, and therefore your long-term results

Whatever your goal, whether tonight to be leaner, stronger, more toned or faster, if you don't give your muscles enough time to recover and if you wear them out with each session, you will take 5 steps back each time you have done 3 forwards.

Conversely, intense but shorter sessions and recovery days will allow you to progress much faster. And this, whatever your goals.


How to lose weight while exercising

In reality, it's not that complicated to get there, and it can be summed up in 2 words: HIIT and diet.

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What is HIIT?

HIIT is the high intensity training technique that allows you to get great results without exceeding 20 to 30 minutes of training, at the rate of 3 to 5 sessions per week. I will not explain everything here since you already find many articles on the subject in this blog.

You can start by reading the article on benefits of the Tabata program. But all this will not be of much use if you do not respect the following principle:

Why watch your diet if you play sports?

For a long time, I believed that the simple fact of exercising regularly and intensely was enough to keep the line. But no matter how hard I tried, I always asked myself “But why am I not losing weight with all the exercises I do?”.

Well, the truth is, 80 % of the solution is in the way you eat. And not just in what you eat, surprisingly enough.

This is why over the years, I have developed a set of methods which allow you to lose fat in a natural way. I didn't invent anything, I tested everything I could read in scientific journals and articles and condensed it all into a guide that has already helped hundreds of people say goodbye to their fat.

I'm so sure it works that you get a 30-day money-back guarantee on the method. “Lose your fat in record time”. A simple email is enough to get you fully reimbursed.

You see, the only one taking a risk here is me...

Why I am not losing weight by exercising – Conclusion

As you probably understand now, finally if I did my job well 😉 , many of you do not lose weight while you do a lot of sport. And the main reasons are an excess of training and an unsuitable diet.

But rest assured, it's never too late to do the right thing. The proof, I lost 15 kilos in less than 9 months at the age of 47, and without forcing. The proof in pictures (even me it shocks me!):

why am i not losing weight by exercising

What's cool is that if you follow this blog's advice well, soon you won't be saying “Rogntudju ! (thanks to Prunelle from the BD Gaston Lagaffe), why don't I lose weight by doing sports?!?”

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