What to Expect When You Exercise for Weight Loss

What to Expect When You Exercise for Weight Loss

The Battle of the Bulge

Unwanted weight gain takes many people by surprise. It is relatively easy not to think about the consequences of what you are eating when you are indulging in your favorite foods. One day you step onto your bathroom scales and are shocked by the number staring back at you. You vow to go on a diet to lose the weight. Six weeks later, after faithfully dieting, you begin to wonder why you aren’t losing the weight as fast as you thought you should. What are you doing wrong?

Understanding How Weight Gain Happens

Anytime you take in more calories than your body needs to function, the excess calories are stored as fat in your body. For example, if you eat a 2,500 calorie diet each day, but your body only needs 1,800 calories to function, the extra 700 calories are stored as fat. By the end of the week, that translates into 4,900 extra calories. It takes 3,500 calories to equal 1 pound. That extra 700 calories a day works out to a little over 1 1/2 pounds of weight gain in a week. Modifying your food intake by dieting can, and will, help you lose weight. Adding daily exercise to your dieting routine will help you lose weight faster.

How Does Exercise Help With Weight Loss?

Your body burns the calories you eat to create the energy it needs. If you normally eat 2,000 calories a day and your activity level only requires 2,000 calories worth of energy, your weight remains stable. If you eat 2,000 calories and your activity level requires 2,500 calories worth of energy, then your body will begin to burn fat in order to access the energy stored in the fat cells. The more you exercise, the more fat your body can convert to needed energy.

What Are The Best Exercises For Weight Loss?

While all exercise can help contribute to weight loss, moderate to high intensity exercise will help accelerate the process. 30 minutes of jogging will burn more fat than 30 minutes of leisurely walking. Choose exercises that you enjoy performing. While jogging may burn more calories, if you hate jogging and avoid it like the plague, it won’t do you any good. It is more important to perform 30 minutes a day of exercises you like than struggling to do 15 minutes a week exercises you hate.

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