Updated: Jun 5, 2020
Eating too little and exercising too much can result in disastrous consequences for your metabolism's ability to process food. Here, Stephanie Osfield explores how you can rebuild your metabolic rate by reducing stress levels.
Training benefits may not necessarily require you being drenched in sweat with wobbling legs – at least not all the time. Intense, exhausting exercise routines, back-to-back gym workouts and hours of cardio can be detrimental to your body composition goals, according to hormone and nutrition expert Magdalena Wszelaki.
“I constantly hear from women who can’t lose any weight no matter how many squats, sprints and burpees, circuits or aerobics classes they do,” says Wszelaki. “These fitness conscious women complain that they don’t have great muscle tone and can’t shift their wobbly bits or cellulite even though they spend hours every week at the gym – jogging, pumping weights, sprinting on treadmills and in spin and pump classes.”
In desperation, women often increase their training from one hour to several, hoping that with excess will come results – only damaging their metabolism further. The common ‘carb-phobia’ means workouts are simultaneously under-fuelled, decreasing motivation as you feel depleted, lacking energy and display poor performance during your session.