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Does Exercise Help You Lose Weight? Here’s Why Your Morning Runs Aren’t Working (and What to Do About It)

You just recently started running. You’re excited — you’re actually using your gym membership, you’re motivated, and you seem to be making progress. Since you’re trying to lose weight, you bravely step on the scale for the first time since you started your new exercise regimen. The results aren’t what you expected — instead of losing weight, you’ve gained some. Unfortunately, your dreams of dropping pounds after starting a new fitness routine might not come true.

It turns out there’s more to weight loss than burning calories. Here’s everything you need to know.

Not everyone who exercises loses weight

Exercise won't always help you lose weight quickly.

Exercise won't always help you lose weight quickly. Some people actually gain weight. | iStock.com/Highwaystarz-Photography

According to Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, many people who exercise for weight loss don’t actually lose weight. If you start jogging, and you don’t normally do that, your body weight is going to shift, not necessarily drop pounds. People also tend to eat more to “make up for” calories burned.

Carrie Dennett, RDN writes in Today’s Dietitian that research is exploring how genes and even your gut bacteria can influence your ability — or perhaps, inability — to lose weight. The bottom line — everyone’s bodies react differently to physical activity and fuel.

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