There’s a lot of reasons why you may choose to work out — strength, heart health, and stress relief are just a few of the most common. There’s no denying that a lot of people also like to workout to help them lose weight and look their best. And there’s nothing wrong with that!

But, a lot of the time, exercise doesn’t help people achieve their weight loss goals. You might even gain weight when you amp up your workout routine. If this has ever happened to you, you know how frustrating it can be. It’s tempting to give up on exercise and fitness altogether because it doesn’t make a difference, right?

It’s true that your diet and nutrition is more important than your workout if you want to lose weight. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t work out. You just need to make sure you’re doing the right kind of exercise to help you reach your goals.

What Are You Doing Wrong?

Overdoing Cardio

One of the mistakes that many people make with exercise is believing that more is better. They think that if half an hour of cardio is good, a full hour must be even better, as they’ll burn even more calories. But, spending too much time in the gym, especially if you’re spending all of that time doing cardio, can actually derail your weight loss efforts.

Doing low intensity, steady state cardio for extended periods of time really doesn’t do much for your body. You aren’t really challenging your muscles, so you aren’t building any muscle mass that you need to improve your body composition and boost your metabolism. And after an hour on the treadmill or elliptical, no one feels like completing a strength training circuit. By devoting all of your exercise time to steady state cardio, you’re missing out on opportunities to get strong and build muscle — which is what you need to do if you want to lose weight.

Neglecting to Fuel Your Workouts

No matter what workout you choose, it’s important not to push yourself too hard, even if you really want to shed some pounds. When people want to lose weight, they tend to overdo it in the gym, and restrict too much when it comes to their diet. Even though the intentions there are good, the consequences can backfire.

When you’re working out too much and not eating enough, your body has no choice but to start metabolizing fat tissue. But when it can’t access fat tissue, it starts eating away at your muscle tissue instead. In extreme cases, when you aren’t eating enough calories, your metabolism can go into starvation mode and shut off. Rather than losing weight, your body will hold onto fat because it needs that fat for fuel in the absence of sufficient calories. Overtraining and undereating may actually be one of the worst things you can do if you want to lose weight.

How to Actually Get Fit

This doesn’t mean that working out is bad for weight loss. It just means that you need to do the right kind of workout to build muscle and get fit. And you won’t get there from excessive cardio.

High-intensity training is one of the most effective workouts you can do. At QuickHIT Fitness Labs, our workouts always challenge your muscles so you get stronger with each session.

Our trainers guide you through one-on-one training sessions using our top-of-the-line equipment that work your muscles to their maximum potential during every workout. We’ll help you improve your body composition (increase muscle mass and decrease body fat), and you can track the progress using our online account. You’ll see your body fat decrease and muscle mass grow so you get that fit physique you desire, without spending hours each week on the treadmill. As your muscle mass increases, so will your metabolism. You’ll be burning more calories all day every day, even while you sleep. Whatever your reason for working out, whether it be strength, general health, or even weight loss, it’s clear what the best workout is. If you want to start using your time in the gym effectively and actually see your body change for the better, schedule a workout with us at QuickHIT Fitness Labs.