Exercise makes me gain weight – not lose weight.
It’s more difficult to lose weight when exercising along with a diet change, than not. It’s as if when losing weight the brain wants to take from all sectors of the body, not just the fat part. So, over-exercising and dieting in a certain way to burn, thus lose, only the fat, triggers a conservation response throughout the total organism. The brain resists your attempt to separate the fat from the muscle and all other tissues, since its job is keep all functions and systems integrated and operating in cooperation with all the other functions and systems.
The reasons one has more difficulty losing weight when they exercise along with a diet change vary according to who’s giving the reasons and through whose prism of experience I look. I’m beginning to believe that the reason doesn’t matter, because there’s always more than one reason. The constant search for why I gain weight so fast or don’t lose weight when I want to leads to frustration and hopelessness, which leads to more weight gain. I swing between 3-7 pounds from day to day or every other day.
If I ate the same foods and the same amounts every day at the same times, it would be easier to look at what I need to eliminate or add, but I don’t. I eat a variety of foods and amounts at lots of different times. I drink beverages the same way. And I do a variety of exercises, in different ways at different times, which leads to a variable weight gain and/or loss commensurate with that life style.
Chef or not, if I want to lose weight and keep it off, then I have to be more consistent in what and how much I consume and when I consume it. That’s what I’ve come up with after all this time. When I exercise, my brain tells my body to conserve calories for the work ahead. So I have to exercise at a more moderate and consistent pace so as not to alarm my brain unnecessarily.