Exercise is a great tool for overall health, strength, bone density, and raising hormones when your physiology is balanced, but not so great for losing weight.
I gained 10-15 lbs and 2 inches on waist while exercising. I was training for my second ultra marathon, running 30-50 miles per week, eating healthy, lifting weights, and getting good sleep. I began to realize that the stress of exercise, overtraining, was the cause.
Sympathetic stress hormone response. This stress causes cortisol levels to go up, cholesterol to elevate, blood pressure to rise, hormones to decrease, cravings of fats and sugars, and belly fat to go up.
Your brain recognizes this as harmful to your body. It needs quick fuel for the next day of stress, and stores it in the midsection for quick release.
Unless you reduce this stress and activate the parasympathetic nerve system, exercise can continue to cause you harm.
But don’t worry, for you exercise nuts like me, you just need to get balance and then exercise will be your friend.