So, I am in a state of confusion haha. I am trying to increase my exercise. I was walking 7,000 steps a day and now I am trying do 12,000 steps a day. For me, I really have to push hard to get this done because I have a desk job with very little walking.
Anyway, here is the situation. For about a month, I wasn't really losing any weight. I also wasn't losing inches. The weekend of May 24th and 25th, I was wearing some flip fops and rubbed a blister on my foot. So, I didn't exercise for a week to give it time to heal (It was bad enough to leave a scar). Then, all of a sudden I dropped like 5 pounds in a week. This week, I am exercising again and working hard to reach 12,000 steps. I just wanted to gauge it. So, I got on the sale this morning and I have lost 8/10 of a pound. And, I have lost no more inches. Now, it is fine I am not losing quicker. I had to share all of this to ask a question haha.
I decided to research this morning if too much exercise could cause a person to not lose weight. This is what I found:
Inability to Lose Weight
No matter how often or long you’re working out, if you’re overtraining, you may see an increase in fat and a decrease in muscle tissue. This is because of an increase in cortisol release that’s associated with overtraining. Cortisol increases the storage of fat, causing your weight loss efforts to plateau. In 2012, a study by the University of Copenhagen found that those who worked out at a moderate intensity for 30 minutes for 13 weeks lost significantly more weight than those who worked out vigorously for an hour a day.
Overtraining. If you exercise too much, the body sometimes responds by decreasing the amount of calories you burn during the rest of your day.
Aerobic exercise receives the most attention because it strengthens the heart muscles, helps the lungs and is beneficial for most people. (1) However, if done to excess or without sufficient food, aerobic exercise can be physically stressful and induce adrenal hormone production which causes the body to deposit rather than burn fat. If done without eliciting the release of adrenal hormones, it promotes weight loss very effectively because it boosts your metabolic rate for about 36 hours after exercising, thus causing you to use more calories regardless of your activity for the next day and a half. (2) If your insulin levels are low and stable during that time, those burned calories can come from stored body fat.
So, I am asking others opinions. Do you think you can work out too much? I did read that it is almost impossible to over exert on walking when exercising. But, they are probably not a 400 pound man either lol.