Using Down Time

I hurt myself six weeks back. I was trying to lift something in the gym and I could feel something snap. At first I thought it nothing and would go away. However, when it refused to heal for several weeks and the pain kept increasing, I was compelled to consult an expert. Lateral epicondylitis I was told. Lateral what? It is what all of us commonly know as the tennis elbow and can be painful as hell. So much so that even lifting a cup can be hard. I had to stop going to the gym, at least temporarily. A lot of us would kick our feet up at this point, bring out the movies, popcorn and ice cream and repair and recuperate. Not a bad idea at all.

There is an alternative though. In a normal state, if you are exercising regularly, your body needs fuel. Depending on the form of exercise, it needs extra protein, fat and even carbs. You may need up to 600 – 1000 calories more each day. More likely than not, this will also cause weight gain. To be clear, if this gain is muscle, you are doing well. If it is body fat however, its the extra food making its way into fat. If you don’t eat the extra food, your body will not convert the effort into muscle. Food is what it needs to repair. Finding the right balance is close to impossible. This is the reason experts say that you can’t easily lose body fat and gain body muscle at the same time.

So back to the popcorn and movies. This is an excellent time for you to watch your diet. With the right effort and an understanding of what to eat, you can lose stubborn body fat. When you go back to your exercise, you will be primed to show off your abs.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.

2 thoughts on “Using Down Time

  • February 24, 2017 at 7:29 am

    This is something I noticed the first time I actively worked on losing the weight. I took time off from the gym regiment because of travel. I kept up with the exercises that I could do without the gym and I watched my diet, albeit not as closely. After each break, I had not gained any weight and the toning was on track.
    Have to admit, though, it takes way too much mental energy to keep all the balls up in the air fitness wise and once I started working, plenty of stuff fell off one by one. Trying a different route this time where I start small but keep at it. Lets see how that goes.

    • February 24, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      Hey so good to hear. I agree living a healthy life is hard because we are so used to the OTHER lifestyle. Small steps make a huge impact long term. Thanks so much for reading and your feedback.

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