Exercise is something that we are encouraged to do more of when we are trying to lose weight. The equation of eating less and doing more has long been used to encourage us to lose weight. To lose weight you need to burn more calories than you get from the food you eat. Cutting down on calories will help you lose weight but your weight loss can be sped up by adding exercise in to the equation as well.
If you are following Slimming World like I am then you will find that they encourage members to increase their activity levels through something that they call ‘Body Magic’. It encourages members to become more physically active by offering rewards when a certain amount of exercise is achieved each week and sustained for several weeks in a row.
Exercise is also said to help speed up weightloss because it boost some your metabolism. The after affects of weightloss mean that you burn fat quicker in the time after a work out. It also helps your body build up muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat and requires more calories as well so the modem muscle you have the more calorie selection your body burns just doing its thing.
On a personal level I have found that the weeks I am more physically active I do get a better result on weigh day. I don’t have to do much more to achieve a better result either. Little things such as walking an extra five minutes when I take the dog out, or going up the stairs instead of using the lift have all added to how much exercise I do without too much of a negative impact on my lifestyle either.
I have started running though to try and speed my weight loss up and to tone my body a little for when I do lose the layer of flab. I’m going to run a 10k in June (I think that there will be quite a bit of walking involved!) I have really noticed a difference since I started running though. My legs and bum are a lot firmer and seem to have more shape. My belly seems flatter as well. And I reckon underneath the flab I’m building up quite impressive abs!