More is not better. Better is better.

Written by Opti-Life Fitness Director, Elissa Knolla

We often hear members express concern that they have reached a plateau or are no longer reaching goals. Members who work hard at the gym day in and day out. Sometimes two workouts a day. Why are they not losing weight or building muscle?

Undereating is a big culprit here. Yes, it’s true. Our InBody 770 allows for members to get an accurate Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). Your BMR reflects how many calories you burn for the day if you woke up and planted yourself on the couch for a Netflix binge. Let’s say your BMR is 1650 calories. This number doesn’t include the calories you burn from digesting food, non-exercise related activity and your exercise related activity. If you are eating only 1700 calories a day and your BMR is 1650 you are not getting the nutrients needed to fuel your body. It’s like driving a car on fumes. Paired with stress, nutrition and lack of sleep, your hormones get involved and this leads to all kinds of issues.

More is not better. More exercise isn’t always the answer. Better nutrition, exercise choices, sleep, and stress management lead to weight loss and muscle building. Inbody scans often indicate a need to build muscle (Skeletal Muscle Mass – SMM). Building muscle through strength training (yes, lifting heavy weights) adds calories to your BMR. For each pound of muscle that is gained, your BMR increased by 50 calories a day. That means with 10 pounds of additional muscle you will burn 500more calories a day. Excessive cardio is not the answer.

Lifting heavy…It can make a significant difference in body composition goals. Our competent Fitness Coaches have availability for training. Let us know how we can help you reach your goals.