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Exercising Too Much Might Be Stopping You From Losing Weight

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You might have noticed the weather has marginally improved, and with that comes the reminder that your gym membership is burning a hole in your pocket but your beach body is not materializing.

Thankfully, according to a nutritionist, you might be better off ditching the dumbbells anyway. Jessica Sepel believes that working out too frequently may be stopping you from shifting pounds.

"I can tell you that over-exercising can do more harm to your weight than good," she says. "I see clients all the time who exercise every day (sometimes twice) and still can't lose the weight."

"When you work out too much, your cortisol levels spike (remember, your body doesn't know the difference between exercise stress and normal stress). Then, when you stress out about working out, your cortisol levels go crazy. And high cortisol means your body can't burn off fat—it's too busy trying to balance out your parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems."

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She suggests that instead of intense fat burning exercises, lesser cardio such as Pilates or walking helps to reset your cortisol levels and recover the body. This has worked well for her clients she says, "They would come back into my office and their clothes were looser, their energy levels were higher, and they were sleeping much better."

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Sadly you might need to say goodbye to that second bowl of ice cream after dinner too, as numerous studies support the idea that weight loss by increasing exercise but without cutting calories is unlikely.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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