Weight loss and exercise

Posted on: August 22nd, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

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A new study claims exercise is really useless where obesity issues and weight loss are concern. According to Eric Ravussin, a professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., and an expert on weight loss, “In general, exercise by itself is pretty useless for weight loss.”

Just when all of us thought that exercise is important in addressing these crucial issues.

Come to think of —people often end up increasing their food intake (which means more calories) when they engage themselves in an exercise regimen. Somehow, working out can have an effect on someone's appetite and the desire to eat.

So, are you confused now how exercise impacts your body weight? Before you give up on exercise or convince yourself even more that you don’t need it, here's the other side of the story (there will always be different aspects to everything).

The simple fact is exercise burns calories. Therefore, it should result in weight loss— a reality we have always known and a great motivation why countless people have exercise in their weight loss management programs to shed pounds. And the important thing is—without significantly changing their diets, there had already been people who succeeded.

The latest claims in science present that exercise alone will not make you lose weight, but it may determine whether you stay in your desired weight if you can attain it. This is more than enough reason not to let go of exercise as a weight-loss tool. You only need to understand what exercise can and cannot do.

Here are techniques on how you can take the most out of your exercise activities:

1. Choose an activity or regimen that you like to do and do this at convenient times of the day for you.

2. Know the benefits and potential risks of the exercises you are considering. Always ask advice from a medical expert if you want to start an exercise program.

3. Engage in aerobic exercises—they are best for weight loss and weight maintenance. These activities are good in burning more calories.

4. Include strength training exercise to build muscle mass especially since dieting can cause loss of muscle mass. Strength training is an investment for long-term weight maintenance.

5. Challenge yourself. If your exercise routine is not inspiring you any more a varied list of exercise activities will help keep you from getting bored.

6. Do more natural activity in your daily life. Don't be a couch potato. Move your body. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk a little extra and don't take the short cuts.Park the car further away from your destination and walk the rest of the way.

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