Thursday, May 2

Here’s a story from NPR called The Biology of Weight Loss. There are 5 points they make that can help you understand how weight loss works and how to keep the weight off once you lose it.

I’ll post all 5 points, but the first one is important to remember: Weight loss is not easy!

  • Biology makes it hard to lose weight, so don't beat yourself up.

  • Metabolism slows down when you lose weight.

  • Hormonal changes that come with weight loss make you hungrier.

  • What you eat is more important than how much you exercise.

  • Exercise seems to play a big role in maintaining weight and preventing further gain.

While most of these points probably seem like common sense to those of us that workout regularly and think about our diet, it doesn’t make it any easier to stick with a nutrition plan.

But remember, you can’t out-exercise a bad diet. So good food choices come first when you want to lose (or gain) weight. And once you start losing weight your body will start making lots of changes to your metabolism and hormones, so you’ll have to stick with it to teach your body the new weight is where it wants to be.

That means it’s very important to make food choices that you can live with for a long time. If you hate your diet (what you eat daily) then you are less likely to stick with it, and being unhappy will make changes even harder to come by.

Listen to the whole story below, and hopefully having a better understanding of the biology of weight loss will help you make better choices and not beat yourself up if you’re not getting fast results.

Workout for Thursday, May 2
Front Squat
6X3 @ 65% to 75%

20 min Not For Time Work
Front Rack Barbell Walking Lunge
5 sets of 8 Forward Traveling Steps
*Alternating Legs. Bring Feet together at top.
5 Sets of 5 Strict T2B
Accumulate 5 minutes of Heavy Object Holds

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