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Why Weight Loss Doesn’t Happen In The Gym


Does weight loss actually happen in the gym?

Well, I’m afraid the answer is no.

As we roll through December, we may end up with a bit of extra insulation after Christmas.

So for many, you will be signing up and sprinting off to the nearest gym or class to try and get your pants to close without the need of a safety pin.

Throughout the rest of this article, I’ll try and explain why weight loss doesn’t happen in the gym.

What Drives Weight Loss?

Unless you’ve crawled out from under a rock, or this is your first time reading my work, you’ll know that the only driver behind weight loss is a calorie deficit.

That simply means that the energy you consume (food/calories) is less than the energy you expend (exercise/daily life).

That’s it.

Nothing else causes it to happen.

Also, when I speak of ‘weight loss’ I really mean Fat Loss!

However, weight loss is the more common phrase we use when speaking about dropping a few Ibs of unwanted bodyfat and toning up.

In reality, you don’t actually need to go to a gym to drop weight.

You simply need to respect the laws of thermodynamics and consume less energy than you expend.

Whether that comes by moving more on a daily basis so you burn more calories, or you choose to eat less, it will still work.


I’m afraid not.

If it were that simple, we wouldn’t be facing an obesity crisis while an array of health problems skyrocket.

We are in an era of information overload.

We have access to all the information in the world from a device in our pocket.

Yet we suffer from confusion about what we should be doing.

So when it comes to weight loss, why do we go to the gym?

The Role Of The Gym In Weight Management

When it comes to dropping a few pounds, getting in shape and controlling your weight, the gym can help.

The role of exercise in weight loss is centrally focused on helping you burn calories.

And by burning more calories, you’re more likely to create the calorie deficit which will have the pounds coming off.

That’s provided you control your food intake too.

But that’s coming later on.

So whether you choose cardio, weights or a mix of both, you’re moving your body to burn calories.

In the long term, that means you’re going to be reducing your bodyfat levels so your body is aesthetically more appealing when you look at yourself in the mirror.

(Not to be confused with getting in shape to just please others or fit in).

I’m definitely an advocate of lifting weights.

It will help you hold onto that sexy muscle and keeps your metabolism running a bit higher post-exercise than cardio.

If you want to look and feel better, then DO lift weights.

Use cardio then to supplement your workouts and as a way to increase your energy expenditure.

This is particularly important for those who are confined to desk jobs

But is that all the gym is about?


Any good gym will have that social aspect.

It will be an environment where you meet others who are pursuing the same goal.

You’ll become friends with them, share your struggles and successes and even get some help along the way.

It’s a place where you will feel you belong, get advice and where you feel better about yourself.

I definitely don’t want the gym to be seen as a place of punishment.

Instead, it’s a place where you’re training to improve yourself.

Whether that’s by getting stronger, fitter or dropping a few pounds, I’m 100% into helping you.

And that’s the important aspect here in StrongLife Gym.

When I chat to people who have had to move away, they always say how they miss it.

How they miss the craic, the more personal touch, the selection and style of equipment and training.

A gym shouldn’t be a place where you feel isolated and left on your own.

It should be a place that gives you guidance on how to become better.

Why The Gym Just Doesn’t Cut It

But no matter how good your gym and coach is, it won’t cut it on its own.

See, if you hit the gym 3 times a week, you’re talking about 3-4 hours total of exercise.

You’re possibly looking at 300-600 calories per session.

That’s like a Mars Bar and packet of Taytos.

Pretty easy to much those down in 5 minutes?

In 2018 where life is pretty easy for us, our jobs are less physically demanding and Netflix binges keep us pinned to the couch, 3 hours a week isn’t enough.

So just going to the gym will help.

But it’s not the full picture.

We need to ensure we make a conscious effort to eat better, to move more and to be nicer to ourselves.

The gym is a HUGE benefit, but it won’t chase you out of Supermacs at 2am after you drank too much Gin.

It won’t undo sitting at your office desk for 40 hours a week.

And it won’t suddenly stop you from saying horrible things to yourself when you look in the mirror of a changing room when you try on clothes that just won’t fit right.


Exercise is one of the most beneficial things we can do for ourselves.

The endorphins you release during a workout leaves you feeling great.

Ever feel like you’re about to snap, then you go to the gym and end up leaving feeling relaxed?

When you start training you suddenly want to eat better.

You want to fuel your body so you’ve more energy and don’t need 7 coffees to get to lunchtime.

You’ll get a lot of mental clarity by taking your stress out on a barbell as you Squat.

And as the weeks go by, you’ll start to respect and appreciate your body more.

You might not love it, but you’ll stop being so hard on yourself.

The bingo wings will jiggle less, your stomach slowly flattens and you realise how wonderful and capable your body is as you start doing things you thought you could never do.

You’ll stop hiding under clothes and being terrified of what people think of you.

You’ll grow as a person to become more confident, your self esteem will surge and you’ll be sexy as hell.

(Let’s face it, we all want to feel better naked so we can have lots more good sex!)

The gym may not be the ultimate driving force when you’re looking at just weight loss.

But it is a place that will help you shift those pounds, boost your personal happiness and it opens the door to so much more in life.

It’s a place that connects it all together for you, so that in years to come you’ll be living a much better life.

Because while we may want abs and big arses now, in the future we’ll be in such a better place both physically and mentally by doing it now.

So every single week you turn up to a gym, you’re making a deposit into your own Life Bank.

And down the line, you’ll have much more to withdraw from when you want to do fun stuff.

So don’t be afraid to start investing in yourself now.

If you just want weight loss, then you don’t need a gym.

But if you want to get a hell of a lot more from life, maybe you want to come try out StrongLife?

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It might just be the place to make your 2019 awesome!

Talk soon.


Colm Duignan

Colm Duignan

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