Exercising too much could prevent you from losing weight

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Is it too good to be true? [Photo: Pexels]

The more exercise we do, the more weight we lose, right?

According to one nutritionist, this isn’t the case at all, and by over-exercising, many of us might be actually stopping ourselves from achieving our weight loss goals.

“I can tell you that over-exercising can do more harm to your weight than good,” Jessica Sepel told Esquire.

“I see clients all the time who exercise everyday (sometimes twice) and still can’t lose the weight.”

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She says that lesser-cardio exercises could be more effective [Photo: Pexels]

She claims that it’s all because when we do it too much, it affects our cortisol levels.

“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 said.

“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.”

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If in doubt, pick a form of exercise that suits you best [Photo: Pexels]

Instead of slaving away doing intense fat-burning exercises, she recommends doing lesser cardio ones such as walking or pilates which can help to reset those levels and let your body recover.

So don’t let this inspire you to sit on your sofa all day long instead of getting your active wear on.

If in doubt, check out the huge variety of exercises out there that might suit you best.

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