Exercise & Weight Loss

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To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume. Exercise can help by burning off some extra calories. Exercise can help you lose weight but not on its own. Sixty minutes of exercise has shown to overcome the natural drive to replace the calories we burn during a workout. Be careful that you do not replace the calories that you burn by eating more. Exercise may increase hunger levels.

In addition to help improving the metabolism, exercise is great for your health. It can lower risk of many diseases. People who work out on a regular basis are thought to have up to a 50% lower risk of dying from many illnesses, i.e. heart disease, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis and some cancers. Exercise is also good for mental health. It can also help you manage stress and unwind.

Reducing calories without exercising will cause you to lose muscle mass and well as fat. It has been estimated that when people lose weight, about ¼ of the weight loss is muscle. Cutting back on calories forces the body to find ther sources of fuel. Unfortunately, this means burning muscle protein along with the fat stores. Exercise can reduce the amount of muscle loss. Preventing muscle loss can help counter the drop in metabolic rate that occurs when you lose weight. Even if you do not lose weight you may still lose fat and build muscle with exercise.

When comparing diet and exercise, changing your diet tends to be more effective for weight loss than exercise, However, the most effective strategy for weight loss involves both diet and exercise. People who lose weight and keep it off tend to exercise up to an hour a day. Exercise can improve your health and help you lose weight but eating healthy is essential. You can not outrun a bad diet.

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