NEARLY every question I get asked is “How can I lose weight?” This month we are looking at
NEARLY every question I get asked is “How can I lose weight?” This month we are looking at how weight loss and weight control are achieved through exercise and physical activity — it really is key to wellbeing and weight loss.
Exercise helps to control your weight by using excess calories that otherwise would be stored as fat. Your body weight is regulated by the number of calories you eat and use each day.
Everything you eat contains calories, and everything you do uses calories, including sleeping, breathing, and digesting food. Any physical activity in addition to what you normally do will use extra calories.
Regular exercise is an important part of effective weight loss and weight maintenance. It can also help prevent several diseases and improve your overall health.
It does not matter what type of physical activity you perform — sports, planned exercise, household chores, gardening, or work-related tasks — all are beneficial.
Studies show that even the most inactive people can gain significant health benefits if they accumulate 30 minutes or more of physical activity per day.
Research consistently shows that regular physical activity, combined with healthy eating habits, is the most efficient and healthy way to control your weight.
Whether you are trying to lose weight or maintain it, you should understand the important role of physical activity and include it in your lifestyle.
Balancing the calories you use through physical activity with the calories you eat will help you achieve your desired weight because:
• When you eat more calories than you need to perform your day’s activities, your body stores the extra calories and you gain weight.
• When you eat fewer calories than you use, your body uses the stored calories and you lose weight.
• When you eat the same amount of calories as your body uses, your weight stays the same.
Any type of physical activity you choose to do — strenuous activities such as running or aerobic dancing or moderate-intensity activities such as walking or household work — will increase the number of calories your body uses.
The key to successful weight control and improved overall health is making physical activity a part of your daily routine. It really is key and must be considered not just for weight loss but as part of healthy living.
So get moving, eat healthily, drink water and enjoy February feeling good about yourself!
I am always happy to help answer any questions, or if you would like advice on what activities you can do, then please feel free to email me. Have a great month.