Weight loss is about managing calories. It goes like this…
The carbs, protein and fat coming from your food contain calories. These calories provide the energy your body needs to carry out its everyday functions. Think of calories like the fuel you put in your car. But unlike a car which has a limited storage capacity for fuel (only as much as the tank can hold), the body has an unlimited storage capacity for calories. This means you can continue taking in calories from food even if your energy needs have been met.
What happens when you eat more calories than your body needs?
Your weight goes up, your muscles start to disappear and your body takes on more of a round shape. In other words, you start putting on fat. The reason being that any calories not immediately used are stored, mostly in the form of fat.
To lose weight requires that you force your body to tap into the energy stored in fat tissue. This can be done by reducing your calorie intake and by exercising; both of which put you into a calorie deficit which forces your body to rely on internal energy sources, mainly coming from fat.
In previous weeks, we touched on the diet piece. Now it’s on to exercise.
To have the greatest success with weight loss, exercise is a must. Sure it’s possible to lose weight without it, but adjusting your diet will only get you so far. Eventually, you’ll have to put in some good sweat sessions if your goals are not only to slim down but also to trim up.
First things first when it comes to exercise… you must find an exercise plan that works for YOU. The only way you are going to follow through with your plan is if you pick something that you actually enjoy doing. Pick some version of exercise that you find miserable and chances are, you’ll be talking yourself out of whatever it is in no time.
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Gym-time not always a reality for you? Not a problem!
Whether it be due to time constraints or just sheer lack of motivation, there are going to be days when getting to the gym is a near impossible task. But good news! You can still get your exercise in without actually having to step foot in a gym. Need some ideas? We’ve got twelve.