Ever wonder why it seems no matter how much you work out, you can’t seem to lose weight? You’ve increased your workout from 20 mins to 30, and then to 1 hour, but your weight stays roughly the same. Many times, the problem is justification. “After you’ve been to the gym, you justify and rationalize grabbing a bagel and a latte—and you negate the work that you put in at the gym all week long.” according to Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson, a NYT best-selling author and founder of Bright Line Eating in an article in USA Today (link below). Its safe to assume that we all grew up thinking and being told the same thing. Diet and Exercise go hand in hand if you want to lose weight. Turns out, just like we’ve learned that skipping meals can cause you to gain weight, exercise in general could actually make losing weight harder to do. Think about it, you’ve busted your butt for an hour at the gym, and burned a ton of calories. What’s your body’s metabolism gonna do after a little while? Your stomach will be growling like a Harley Davidson motorcycle. So, if your goal is to lose weight, it might behoove you to take a little time off from the gym, lose the pounds, and then start up gradually with light workouts after a few months. This is NOT a workout waiver. I would still recommend you do something, just lighten up. A lot. And stop with the “I deserve a reward because I worked so hard” whiny-baby stuff. Maybe I should do a post about not being a whiny-baby?