You may have heard that exercise, while essential for good health, doesn’t do a great deal for weight loss. While it’s true that what you eat has more of a dramatic effect on your weight than calories burned through exercise, there’s another way of looking at this.
Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, ”Eat an apple, swim halfway to London.” While this is obviously an exaggeration, it’s partly true in that exercise while you’re actually performing it, doesn’t burn enough calories to counteract a diet high in sugar and fat. But there is a hidden benefit that we’ll discuss below.
The true benefits of exercise for weight loss are twofold:
1 – While you burn calories during exercise, especially vigorous exercise, you also continue to burn them for a while after you stop exercising. This is called “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption,” or EPOC. This is the body’s metabolism taking time to return to its resting state.
2 – Exercise builds lean muscle which in itself, can help you lose weight every day just simply by being there. Having more muscle in your body means you burn calories without doing anything extra.
“The more lean muscle mass you have, the higher your basal metabolic rate, which means you will burn more calories automatically, throughout the day.” – (Rick Kaselj – Registered Kinesiologist and pain, injury, health and fitness specialist.)
So there’s a lot of benefits to be gained by exercising during weight loss. The type of exercise you do can make a lot of difference as well, especially if time is a factor, and when isn’t it these days? Continue reading “Exercise for Weight Loss – Useful or Not?”