Sometimes you need to skip a workout to lose weight

Plenty of animals take it down a gear or two over winter. Some mammals just go to bed permanently for a whole season, others, go halfway around the world just to get away from the cold.

Although weirdly enough, humans are not among them. Sure, you might say no to a couple more birthday dinners to stay in and watch TV, but generally, we still try to maintain the same pace, year round.

But according to nutritionist Jessica Sepel, it might be time to call time on the early morning sweat session if you’re really not up to it when you’re alarm goes off.

“Over-exercising can cause your body to go into stress mode. From clinical and personal experience, I see clients all the time who exercise every day sometimes twice a day and still can’t lose the weight. This can have a lot to do with the balance of your nervous system and hormonal system.”

That’s because when you work out too much, your cortisol levels can spike. Then, when you stress out about working out, your cortisol levels can spike even more. In turn, that high cortisol makes it hard to burn fat, especially around the middle area.

But that doesn’t mean cutting back on the “go go go” mentality is going to be easy.

“Mix the yin with the yang. Try exercising moderately for 30 to 45 minutes a day. Practice yoga and have rest days amongst your more intensive workouts,” Sepel suggests.

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