Right now I’ve got a common cold and a fairly nasty cough.
It sucks because I’d just started my 2012 fat loss challenge. With a weak immune system I’d rather not hit the gym hard and make thigs worse.
Does this mean I won’t be able to lose fat until I recover fully. NO!
I will be able to lose fat, I’ll just have to tailor my diet accordingly. Normally I would burn approximately 500 calories 4 times a week at the gym. Added to that is the 1,000 calories burned at the weekend playing two hours of touch rugby (loads of sprinting in the game).
So that’s 3,000 calories during the week that won’t get burned.
As you know, to lose fat you need a calorie deficit. I usually create this deficit by doing exercise rather than cutting my food quantities. This the best approach.
It is more effective to sculpt your physique at a higher calorie range by eating lots and doing plenty of exercise, than to cut the amount of food you eat, which means you don’t get all the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to ensure the fat burning processes in your cells work optimally.
The frequent exercise is also responsible for key hormonal profile changes within your body that accelerate fat loss and muscle growth and repair.
But when sick, there is no alternative. The calorie deficit has to be create by eating less, in my case around 430 calories less each day. Try not to get hung up on the numbers though, just make your you eat less than you burn everyday.
So, being sick and unable to train is no excuse for weight gain! You can still shed pounds.