Starting a new, rigorous exercise program can actually sabotage your weight loss goals! In this video, I explain why.

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Video transcript:

Hi Everybody! Happy New Year!

I’m Dr Tina Marcantel and I have a few tips for you for a happy YOU year.

If you’re starting a weight loss program, don’t sabotage your intentions by increasing your exercise with it.

There’s reason for this. The biochemistry is that when we decrease weight and that when we’re increasing our exercise it can be a stress on the body and the stress hormone released is cortisol.

Cortisol is a fat-storing hormone.

I’ve had quite a number of clinical examples where people come in and they say, “Dr Marcantel, I’m exercising hard and I’m eating right, but I just can’t seem to lose the weight. What’s going on with me?”

Well, what’s going on is that it’s a bit too much stress on the body and your body’s releasing too much cortisol and it’s stalling your weight loss.

So my recommendation is, start with your weight loss program and just do gentle exercise like maybe yoga or stretching, or maybe fifteen minutes of walking several times during the week.

Once you reach that goal weight, then you can add your exercise program; you can increase your exercise.

Be gentle on yourself and enjoy your journey to health!