Health | 6 months ago


An Australian nutritionist has said that too much exercise could be getting in the way of your efforts to lose weight.

We recently shared the story of how Aussie food blogger and nutritionist Jessica Sepel was embracing carbs.

Well, she's written in a new blog post that over-exercising can actually stop your body burning fat.

"From clinical and personal experience, I can tell you that over-exercising can do more harm to your weight than good," she said.

She goes on to explain the science behind her argument.

"When you work out too much, your cortisol levels spike (remember, your body doesn’t know the difference between exercise stress and normal stress).

"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."

Her advice to anyone who hasn't seen results from their exercise routine?


"If you haven’t shifted your weight by now with high intensity exercise, try cutting it back like I did and see if that makes a difference.

"A rested body is a healthy body – and it is incredibly important to commit to resting daily."


A day off from the gym? Sounds tempting, but it might be worth getting a second opinion.


Hat-tip to the Independent.

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