Do I Need To Exercise To Lose Weight?

Hey everyone, today I will be sharing my thoughts on exercising and losing weight. I will explain why exercise doesn’t always help you to lose weight, in fact, it can even cause weight gain! So the question remains: Do I need to exercise to lose weight? Let’s continue on 🙂

My personal experience with exercise and weightloss…

I have experienced weightloss with or without exercise. Exercise has helped me lose weight and then in other time slots of my life it has caused me to put on weight.

During my final weight-loss attempt in which I lost 77 pounds (35kg)
within 15 months, I have started exercising and it has helped me shed
those 77 pounds and reach my goal weight.

Having said that, exercise was only 20% of my success, the rest was a
combination of mindset, my why, and a few other things that I talk
about in my book: My 18 Year Weight-loss Journey.

I still exercise every morning, 5 days a week and if it’s nice
weather on Saturdays and Sundays, I will go for a relaxing walk outside.
Monday to Friday I exercise on my treadmill as well as my rowing
machine and lift some weights as well, 2-3 times per week.

On my treadmill I walk for 45 min every morning and burn around 350
calories. When I was losing the 77 pounds, I exercised in the morning
and also added another 20 min of treadmill in the afternoon if I had


So can exercise make you gain weight?

Just like I mentioned before, I have had times throughout the last 2
years when exercise actually caused me to gain weight. Yes, it’s weird
and doesn’t make sense but I have experienced it. Maybe you have to? Let
me know in comments below or click here to connect with me on Facebook.

So why does this happen? Well for me personally, it is my Thyroid and
Adrenal glands. After losing both my parents both at once on 8th Sep,
2017, the trauma, shock, heartache that I have experienced took a toll
on my whole body.

I suddenly began having pain in my fingers, toes and just shooting
pain in random parts of my body. I was so scared and didn’t know what
was happening to me. On top of that, I was getting stabbing pain and
dull pain in my neck, something I had never experienced before. On top
of that, migraines at least once a week, along with nausea and vomiting.

I went to doctors, had blood tests, had x-rays and results always
came back normal but I wasn’t feeling normal. I decided to see
Naturopaths, 2 of them. They did other tests on me, checked my thyroid
and adrenal glands. Suddenly we were getting somewhere.

I was told that my thyroid is inflamed and the nodes on it are larger
than normal. I was told that my adrenal glands are overworked due to
stress, sadness, heartache.

Due to my thyroid struggling, it was up to the Adrenal glands to step
in and ‘save the body’ by trying to give me the energy needed during
the day to survive.

Because the Adrenal glands were struggling and running on empty, it
was pumping out excess cortisol, the stress hormone which causes
inflammation, which in turn causes pain. No wonder I was in so much

Each time I was exercising, I was wearing out my adrenal glands even
more. In turn, even more stress hormone was being pumped throughout my
body. What does stress mean for our body? It means we will NOT lose
weight no matter how hard we try, unless we eat 600 cals per day,
everyday and we know that is not healthy.

So exercising can actually cause weight gain if our Thyroid and Adrenal glands are struggling.


How do you know you have adrenal fatigue?

As you can see in this image, the adrenal glands are located on top of each kidney and are quite small but can cause so much chaos in the body. So how would you know if your adrenal glands are unhappy? Well, we go by symptoms, by how we feel and I will mention some below.

Some of the symptoms of Adrenal gland fatigue are:

– Fatigue, tiredness

– Body aches and pain

– Low blood pressure

– Lightheadedness

– Loss of body hair

– Skin discoloration

– Restlessness and can’t sleep at night even though you are tired

So what causes adrenal fatigue?

Well…the main cause is stress. Stress about work, stress about a
problem in your life which you don’t have control over. Heartache of
losing loved ones. Stress on your body from too much caffeine and sugar.
Yes, caffeine can put so much stress on your adrenal glands! (Not to mention the added damage sugar does to your liver and adrenal glands).

You feel tired, you go for another coffee (usually with sugar), and
it gives you a quick surge of energy only to find yourself an hour later
so tired and lightheaded. You are in a continuous vicious cycle!

To make it worse, because of so much caffeine, you can’t settle down
at night and sleep, so then your adrenal glands are running on empty and
the next day pumping out cortisol like crazy to keep you going and of
course you enter the vicious cycle of coffee all over again.

If you depend on coffee for energy every day, the best thing to do is switch to green tea. It is so much healthier and contains much less caffeine than coffee. It is best to drink it without sugar of course. I personally drink Herbalife Herbal Beverage every morning, half an hour before my morning exercise. It is invigorating, refreshing to the body and to the mind and just gives me energy for most of the day.

The Herbalife Herbal Beverage comes in 3 different flavours such as Original, Peach and Cinnamon. I must say I love all flavours but my very favourite flavour is Peach. I have at least 2 flavours in my pantry at all times and just alternate between them.

I share alot of information about green tea in both my books:

My 18 Year Weight-loss Journey

My Natural Weight-loss Recipe

Green tea is rich in antioxidants and studies have shown that it fights cancer so why not switch to this healthy alternative?

Ok, back to exercise now…

I noticed that when I have pushed myself to walk
very fast and jog on the treadmill, I have not lost weight at the end of
the week. As soon as I started listening to my body and taking it
slower but being consistent daily, I have started seeing the weight drop
at the end of each week, with exception to when it’s that time of the
month (sometimes, not every month) and that is normal. Our body is not a
robot, it goes through a lot of changes each month, especially for us

I hope you have enjoyed the read and please share if you have found this post helpful 🙂 If you have questions about aything in this post or on my website, please comment below or CLICK HERE to contact me OR message me on Facebook.

Thankyou so much for reading this far and please take care and stay healthy and safe!

4 Comments on “Do I Need To Exercise To Lose Weight?

  1. I think the best way to loose weight is a combination of a lot of thing. Obviously there is not only one correct way but from my experience you have to combine healthy diet, exercise, a more healthy way of life and determination in order to keep you going and make this a routine in the end. It takes a lot of effort because basically you change your whole life and how you behave every day but in the end I think it is well worth the effort.

    1. Hi Stratos, thank you for your comment. Yes, healthy weight-loss is hard work and is a combination of a few things that need to work together in harmony. But for us women, it can be very tricky. So many hormonal changes, thyroid issues, adrenal glands, etc. I have adrenal fatigue which means they pump out excess cortisol and that means inflammation and pain in the whole body. It is almost impossible to lose weight when inflammation is present in the body. This is why I decided to write a post on this subject because I know so many women exercise and still don’t see any results or weight-loss. So maybe if they come across this post, they can discover adrenal fatigue and see a doctor to check their adrenal glands. For me, strenuous exercise, lifting weights and running will prevent me from losing weight because it overworks my adrenal glands and puts my whole body into stress mode. The only exercise I can do is walking. Exercise is only 20% of the whole weight-loss puzzle, the other 80% is what we feed our body. 

  2. Hi, thanks for this article about Do I Need To Exercise To Lose Weight? I am aware that sometime when you exercise for weight loss you might not lose any but I was very surprised to find out from your experience that exercising made you to gain more weight. I also always thought that stress can also make you to lose weight and not contribute to more weight gain, very interesting. 

    1. Hi Nedia, you are welcome, I hope you have enjoyed it. It is from my own personal experience. Adrenal fatigue is a real thing, it can cause chaos and undermine weight-loss results, especially when strenuous exercise is in the picture. When I was a teenager, I would lose weight when I stressed so I know what you mean. However, as an adult it is a different story, so many hormonal changes especially in women. When the adrenal glands pump out excess cortisol it causes inflammation in the body. When inflammation is present, it’s almost impossible to lose weight.

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