New Years Resolution - Lose Weight And Get in Shape

C J Evans By C J Evans, 5th Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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To successfully lose weight and get in shape you must combine a couple of popular exercises with diet - this article covers these exercises.

Diet And Exercise

To lose weight and get in shape you need to have a healthy diet and exercise daily ( if possible ) to burn fat.A lot of people do not realize that just because you are burning calories does not mean you are burning fat. With exercise you are trying to lose body fat - this means burning calories and going even further.

Think about it - if you eat three sandwiches before you run with a total calorie count of about 1000 you need to run for about an hour to burn off these calories. To lose weight and get in shape you need to run for over an hour because up to this point you have done nothing more than eliminate your lunch!

When we exercise, our bodies will start burning calories, but the calories that are burned are the calories from carbohydrates in our system. Your body needs an injection of oxygen to lose weight and get in shape - this oxygen helps the body eliminate the fat storage. It's important to understand that if you only use up calories from carbohydrates, you will only be losing water weight which in turn leads to your metabolism slowing down. We all know what a slow metabolism leads to.........

Lose weight and get in shape - burning fat calories during exercise

Apparently during the first 10 - 20 minutes of exercise your body is only burning up sugar calories ( another reason to cut the sugar out of the diet! ). When you exercise you must move at a steady pace so that your body will use up all your stored fat as its exercise energy. Once you have got to the fat burning stage of exercise it is important to remain there. Slowing down the pace of exercise will not help one bit.

Lose weight and get in shape - burning fat calories as you rest

This seems a little far fetched but it is true to a point - you are still able to lose weight after you finish exercising. The best way I found to do this was through simple weight training - this is the key to burning fat at rest. Weight training is an anaerobic activity that will cause you to burn more calories than aerobic exercise. Weight training is known to increase your metabolism so using it as a warm down exercise makes perfect sense.

So to lose weight and get in shape you need a mix of both aerobic ( or Cardio) and anaerobic (weight training) exercises. I know this sounds a lot to begin with but you don't have to go 'hell for leather' to begin with - gradually build up the amount of exercise each day until you get to an effective point you are happy with.

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author avatar writestuff
8th Jan 2014 (#)

Good article for new year.

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author avatar C J Evans
30th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks mate - glad you enjoyed it!

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