You started a walking program or recently joined the gym, but you haven’t seen any progress with weight loss. What gives?
Well, if you haven’t put any effort into changing your food intake, you have probably seen less movement on the scale than you wanted.
Many people think that working out is synonymous with weight loss. However, research confirms that without changes in eating habits, increasing activity is not that effective in weight loss. It is, however, effective for maintaining weight, preventing weight gain, or maintaining a weight loss already achieved
There are very many benefits from being active though. It is important to get off the couch.
Regular physical activity has tremendous health benefits, from helping to manage hypertension and diabetes to the prevention of a host of diseases including some cancers. Not to mention improved mood, better sleep, higher energy levels, stress relief, etc.
By itself, there will not be dramatic weight loss results when you just focus on activity. For weight management and overall health, physical activity and changes in your food consumption work best as a combination.
Here’s how it works. In order to lose weight, there needs to be an overall deficit of calories. Calories come from the foods we eat. We also expend calories throughout the day to support our body’s function and activity.
It takes a lot of strenuous activity to produce enough of a sizable calorie deficit to see weight loss results. However, small changes in your usual food consumption can yield big calorie “savings.”
So, if you’re disappointed that all that working out hasn’t resulted in fast weight loss, consider turning your attention towards the food choices you make daily.
Keep moving, but look for easy ways to “save” calories throughout the day. For more information and individualized guidance for weight management, contact Answer is Fitness.
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