How Exercise Helps You Lose Weight Faster
When many people think about eating less in order to gain weight, they often think only about the amount of calories they need to lose weight, while forgetting completely that exercise can be just as helpful in losing weight as their low calorie diet.
Exercise should be an important part of any weight loss program as it has many advantages compared to using diet alone in order to lose weight.
Some of the benefits of exercise in losing weight include the following:
Exercise makes you stronger. If you are trying to lose weight with just diet restriction alone, you are essentially starving the body, which can make the body weaker. Exercise will help you be stronger by adding muscle and improving your endurance. A stronger body is a healthy body. You can use this added strength in your day-to-day activities rather than simply being starved and weak.
Types of Exercise for Weight Loss
When trying to lose weight, there are basically two types of activities you should be practicing on a regular basis:
Even fun activities like dancing and gardening can count as aerobic exercise as long as it feels like you are pushing yourself and bring up your heart rate and respiratory rate while doing the exercise. Not only does aerobic exercise help you lose weight by burning calories and increasing your metabolic rate, but this type of exercise is good for your heart and lung functioning.
Aerobic activities should make up the bulk of activities you engage in while trying to lose weight. Just a half hour a day on most days of the week (about 4 days of the week) will help build your stamina and will help you lose weight.
The goal of anaerobic exercise is to increase your muscle: fat ratio. You don’t have to build big, bulky muscles doing anaerobic exercise. Most people engaging in anaerobic exercise don’t bulk up their muscle but instead tone their muscles and slim down by replacing less dense fatty tissue with denser muscle tissue that takes up less space.
Anaerobic activities can be done as part of your exercise program by doing about 1-2 sessions of anaerobic exercise per week. In total, you should be doing aerobic exercise 4-5 days per week and anaerobic exercise about 1-2 days per week.
If you are trying to lose weight, exercise should be a big part of it. Ideally, you should be spending at least 6 days a week doing aerobic exercise most of the time and anaerobic exercise every so often. The combination will really help your weight loss efforts.