Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin!

by Renee on July 13, 2011

Hoping to Exercise Into Your Skinny Jeans?


I was talking with a new client today about what he is currently doing to lose weight.  He was so frustrated because he has been doing cardio and weight lifting 5 times a week consistently for 6 months and he hadn't lost more than 3 pounds. And he's got 30 more pounds to go. 

So two months ago he hired a Personal Trainer to work with him.  Under his Trainers guidance, he gained 5 pounds.  Yes, I know it's probably muscle.  But it's 5 more pounds and the dangerous fat around his middle is still firmly in place. 

The dangerous fat around the middle is a sure sign he is eating either a) too many carbohydrates or b) too many calories at once. 

When I asked him to share with me what a normal day of eating looks like, he told me he and his wife have switched to a vegetarian diet.  He starts his day with an apple and old fashioned oatmeal.  The day ends with pasta and bread or veggies and rice.  But no butter or oil because that's fattening! 

Here is a man who is doing everything he's been told to do in order to lose weight, get rid of the belly hanging over the belt and (oh by the way), lower his high cholesterol.  But what he is doing – cardio, weight training, eating the healthy vegetarian diet, avoiding butter – isn't working!!!!

He's got the exercise part right!  Exercise is super important for heart health, stress relief, cognitive function, muscle strength and to up the happiness factor.  But if you don't get the food part right, it isn't going to make you thin!  I hate that too!  I want it to be different.  But we have to face reality.  Losing weight is 85% diet!

The Rx I've found to be the most effective way to lose weight, burn body fat and reduce inflammation is to eat 6 small balanced meals a day.  You've got to eat a balance of protein to carbohydrates each time you eat.  These need to be small portions.  Eating in this way is treating food like the drug it is.  Only this time, you are using it in a powerful, positive way to shift your body into a fat-burning machine.  Not a machine that's only burning the sugar you've eaten.  It's like going from a gas guzzling car to an economical hybrid car.

What do I mean by a good balance?  Let's take his breakfast.  How about if he eats 1/2 cup of that oatmeal and adds 1 cup of a protein shake instead of milk (more protein and less than 3 grams of carbs).  That would be a better balance between the grams of carbs and grams of protein.  When he eats that, his blood sugar won't go up high and crash, leaving him tired and hungry in an hour. 

You can probably tell I'm the Queen of blood sugar balancing because I know from working with thousands of people…it is THE KEY to losing weight and getting healthy.

Time Magazine wrote a great article about "Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin".  They quoted all kinds of cool studies that verifies this and gives their theory about it. 

Love to have you leave a comment here and tell me your experience.  Have you tried to exercise your way thin without working on your diet too?  How did it work for you?

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