In the many years that I have tried to loose weight, I have learned the hard way that you can’t lose weight by dieting alone. You can loose weight in the sort term without exercise but your will gain it back and more.
I can remember many weeks where I started my diet on a Monday lost 2.5 pounds by Friday only to gain it all back by the following Monday because I ate out with the family or went to a party and had a few beers on the weekend. However when I include exercise in my weight loss program, you accelerate the fat burn so that if you have a cheat day or two the damage won’t be so bad.
There are several other reasons why a good workout program is so important when you want to loose weight. When you are just dieting and not getting exercise, as you loose fat you may also loose muscle. Muscle is important for many reasons but for one, it helps speed up your metabolism. So if you are loosing muscle, your body will need even less food before it stores it into fat and you will get fat easier. That is why when so many people get off their diets they get fatter than they were before. If you exercise and build muscle your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) will increase which means that your body will burn more calories even at rest. I’ll discuss the BMR in greater detail in a later post.
Also, by exercising you are not just burning calories while your are exercising. Your metabolism gets a boost for the day and burns more calories even after your workout. This is like an extra bonus and will accelerate your weight loss.
Another reason why exercise is so important to include into your lifestyle is that medical researchers have determined that people who exercise regularly have much less of a chance of getting many chronic illness.
So what type of work out is best for loosing weight? This is a topic that will get discussed over and over through out this weight loss journey. I recommend doing something that: 1) You like 2) Gets your heart beating and makes you sweat. Yes the evening brisk walk will definitely help you loose weight but if you really want to accelerate the weight loss you have to sweat. Also, make it fun and do it at least 4 days a week.
So about my progress: It has been about a week since I cut out sugar, watched my portion sizes and started exercising. Since the last post I am down 2 more pounds to 201 pounds for total of 6 pounds lost. Still very overweight but off to a great start!