This is what I have been telling you for years, over-exercising beyond your own individual threshold will not cause more weight loss and may even cause weight gain. That my friends, is The Metabolism Plan.

“If you are intensifying your running regimen in hopes of losing weight, you might be running around in circles: There is a limit to how many calories we can burn through exercise, a new study suggests.

The researchers found that the participants who moved more also burned more calories, but only up to a point. The most active people hit a plateau and did not burn any more calories than their less-active peers.

It is as if we have a set number of calories in the bank that our bodies let us burn. If we blow too much of that allowance doing physical activity, our bodies may keep us from spending too many calories doing things like ramping up our immune system or stockpiling reproductive resources.

Each of us probably maxes out at a slightly different calorie-burning plateau, Pontzer said. In addition to body fat, it could depend on metabolism, hormone levels, muscle mass and genetic differences.”

“I can’t tell you how I thought I had to burn and work harder to lose weight! I was working out 6 days a week killing myself and my weight wouldn’t budge. Now I work out 30-40 minutes 3 times a week like you said and I have MORE energy, time to spend with my friends and have lost 12.6 pounds in 30 days. It would have taken me a year to lose that! I’m at my goal weight and have 19.1% body fat. All those muscles that were hiding under my fat are now showing!” SP

“Thanks for showing me I DO have the time to work out. I used to be gym rat but after having 2 kids and being at work full time it had been 6 years since I had any routine. You showed me to start off slow and I can’t believe what 15 minutes 3-4 times a week will do! I feel better, am less stressed and the weight is flying off- 18.7 pounds in 30 days and my whole family is on board and Planning too!”

“20 days- 13.1 lbs lost in 20 days- 23% body fat to 18.1 % body fat Ok, I am officially shocked- you were right! I consistently lost weight with 30-40 minute runs and GAINED weight with my 75 minute runs. Well guess who has more time to sleep in, lol? And as you say sleep aids weight loss! Thanks for the great tips and everyday practical advice. I am now weight training 1-2 of my run days a week and you’re right, I look more toned and can actually run faster!”

” 7 lbs lost in 10 days- I have learned from you to limit my exercise to 1/2 hour. I was way more gung ho before – often exercised for 2 hours. I have come to realize these 10 days with you – that I can still lose weight with 1/2 hour exercise. I used to ache regularly from exercising too much. Limiting the exercise to 1/2 hour – I do not ache. I now understand that it is reducing the inflammation in my body (when I limit exercise to 1/2 hour). I used to push myself really really hard exercising to try to lose weight. Dr. Vad, my orthopedic doc at Hospital for Special Surgery echoed the same sentiments to me that you did – he said I should limit exercise to 30 He felt that anything more than that would INCREASE inflammation in my body (since I have old injuries from car accident & arthritis), When I told him I had to do more than that – he looked at me like I was crazy.

Somehow, I didn’t listen to him – tried to do more than that – for fear of not being able to maintain my weight. You were very forceful with me about limiting my exercising when I started working with you & it made me sit back and really think about what I was doing. I do thank you for that – it is the first time I am limiting my exercise & I feel better!!!!! I did listen to you. It made an impression on me the way you said it & the fact that you were saying the exact same thing that my doctor said to me. THANK YOU!!!!!!”

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