Tuesday, 7 August 2012

The importance of exercising when dieting

Many people are initially shocked when they step on those scales for the first time after a few years.  When they discover that they are heavier than they thought they were some peoples natural inclination is to diet quickly which mainly means that they just start to eat less food. These people may skip lunch or eat only a tiny amount of their dinner or just eat salads meal after meal in the hope that if they eat less food they will loose weight.  This is not in fact the case. Eating much less food than your body requires actually makes it more difficult for people to lose weight.
By consuming much less calories than your body needs will mean that your body will actually start to store the food that you do consume as fat.  This is the bodies built-in mechanism to help us survive in the face of starvation.
The daily calorie intake for a man is 2500 calories and for a woman is 2000 calories.  In order to lose weight therefore you only need to reduce your calorie intake by about 500 calories. 
This does not mean that you have to therefore eat 500 less calories a day as also long as you burn off more calories than you consume you can still continue to eat what you would normally.  By taking up some gentle exercises such as swimming or going for a walk you could build up the amount of calories that you burn.  You may then only need to make some smaller changes to your diet to get the same effect as a much stricter diet. 
Losing weight is not something that can be done overnight. A carefully planned weight loss program requires common sense and certain guidelines. Unfortunately, there's a lot of misinformation and lots of desperate people are easily duped and ripped off by that so called quick fix.
People who diet without exercising often will put back all the weight they have lost and more when they end their diet. People that take up some form of exercise are more likely to keep their new weight as the exercise has helpted to increase their metabolism.
In order to get the most of your diet, it is therefore important to also select an exercise routine that you are comfortable with to coincide with your diet.  Remember walking is one of the best and easiest exercises for strengthening your bones, controlling your weight and toning your muscles.
It’s the smaller changes to your diet and exercise routine that are the ones that you will ultimately stick to. By making these small changes you are more likely to carry them on so that your goal is more easily achieved.  These new additions to your lifestyle may then continue for years to come meaning that you can continue to maintain your weight.

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