Have you had days where you had extremely hard workouts day in and day out and still see no change in weight or muscle tone? Have you worked out so hard that you were drenched completely in sweat, and you knew for sure that this has got to work this time and the fat has “Met it’s match”? Well this may be why you haven’t been seeing the results that you may have thought you should be seeing.
Imagine for a second you just did a workout that involved Burpees, Kettlebell swings, sprints, Box jumps, and Dumbbell thrusters, (I get tired just typing that out.) you finish the workout completely drained lying on the floor as if it was your bed and it’s nap time. As you close your eyes to rest you think this is it, that was a crazy workout… Fat loss here I come. You finally get up stretch and go home, walk in the door collapse on the couch from exhaustion and refuse to move. So you decide to watch Netflix or Hulu, hours go by and you get hungry. But, you are too tired and sore to cook anything. So you get up and make a TV dinner, because it hurts to stand and you just want to be quick. You eat, and realize you are still hungry, so you make another TV dinner because you worked so damn hard at the gym today that you deserve it. You eat, you head to bed and look over and see the pile of laundry that you should have done today but you were too tired to do. But who cares you’ll get to it some other time. And you just go to sleep.
I’m sure many people have had these days. Yes, hard workouts are great to burn fat so you can just watch it melt away. But you didn’t consider the rest of your day. So, what’s the problem? I’ll tell you.
- The workout left you so tired and drained that you didn’t move that much. You went home and watched Netflix and just laid there.
- What did you decide to eat? TV dinners, not 1 but 2. Not only is one horrible for you but you had to, AND you justified it because of the difficulty of that workout!
- You neglected to do your chores, you didn’t wash the dishes or do the laundry, you just went from one laying position to another after dinner.
Therefore, since you were so tired you neglected almost everything throughout the rest of your day and watched Netflix. Your body wasn’t burning any additional fat, you could have done the laundry or cleaned up the house a bit or even walked the dog or yourself. All of these activities would have kept the fat burning process active. Not to mention when you ate your food you ate a TV dinner, do I even have to talk about how bad that is… so, bad food choices just to save time is really bad when it comes to your nutrition. Even the act of making dinner will boost your resting metabolic rate more than just laying down and or watching the microwave nuke your food. Then you basically just go lay down in a different place for the rest of the night…
The moral of the story is that yea a workout can be really great and you think this is the way you will lose all the weight that you packed on over the years. But it’s not that easy, the choices you make after the workout and the inactivity from being so tired could slow down the fat burning process or even stop it. So know you limits, make sure you can still move after, eat right, and stay in motion. This will help you burn all that stubborn fat better.