Exercise: Fact vs. Fiction

Most people who embark on a weight loss programme will often try and up the ante on exercise, as a way to ‘burn off’ those extra calories.  The problem with exercise is that there is so much information written about it, that it is difficult to work out what is fact and what is fiction.  Today I am going to ‘unravel’ some common exercise beliefs, so you can get the best from your exercise regime.  

Exercising for 30 minutes, three times per week is enough for weight loss.

 Well, I guess that’s better than doing nothing but naturally, the more you do, the more calories you will burn.  To put it simply, nothing boosts your metabolism like exercise, so try doing at least 30 minutes most days for maximum calorie burn.

You can lose fat from a specific part of your body by doing an exercise for that part of your body. For example, if you do a lot of sit ups, you will remove fat from your tummy area.

As great as it would be, you can’t spot reduce!  Doing a lot of sit-ups will help to tone your abdominal muscles but won’t miraculously ‘melt away’ any excess fat that may be accumulating around the stomach.  When losing weight, you cannot control where fat is removed from your body.

Training first thing in the morning on an empty stomach will burn more calories than if you exercise after meals

This used to be a widespread belief, but more recent research is showing that it does not matter what time of the day you exercise, your calorie expenditure will be exactly the same.  So if you are not naturally a morning person, save your walk for the afternoon when you feel more energised, and be comforted in knowing it won’t greatly affect how many calories you burn.

I don’t need to exercise if I am at a healthy weight

There is so much more to exercise than just ‘weight loss / maintenance’.  Exercise helps to reduce stress, increase bone density, improve your mood, enhance the oxygenation of the body’s tissues,  help to prevent heart disease….the list of benefits are endless.  It is healthier to be 10 kilograms overweight and physically active than to be at a ‘healthy’ weight but totally non-active.    

The Natural Way’s Healthy Living is a vital part of our weight loss programme.  Healthy Living is a really a ‘lifestyle education’ package, where each client personally ‘coached’ by their weight loss consultant in weight maintenance.  An important component of Healthy Living is the ‘Exercise is Fun’ section, where considerable time is spent educating our clients’ about exercise and helping them to plan ways to ‘fit it into’ their busy lives. 

To find out more about Healthy Living and The Natural Way, please phone 1300 SLIMMER (7546637) today and speak to one of our friendly consultants.  Alternatively visit our website:  www.thenaturalway.com.au

About Lose Weight With Sue

I am a naturopath for The Natural Way. We have 24 clinics nationally that help people to lose weight & educate on how to keep it off.
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2 Responses to Exercise: Fact vs. Fiction

  1. DavidE says:

    Oh Oh – I am one of the the people who does not exercise enough, but thanks for the great tips. Doesn’t exercise also release endorphins – the ‘happy hormone’?
    PS – look what I found: “The traditional benefits of exercise have been to improve and maintain physical fitness, as well as helping to prevent diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. However, exercise is also great for your mood.
    Exercise decreases the stress hormones such as cortisol and increases endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s natural feel good chemicals, and when they are released through exercise, your mood is boosted naturally. As well endorphins, exercise also releases adrenaline, serotonin, and dopamine. These chemicals work together to make you feel good. “

  2. Jennie says:

    This is a great article. Hopefully it will go a long way to dispelling those excuses for not exercising. David has a great point and those happy hormones make us go out a second time. When we feel great and are in a great mood, it makes us more motivated to stick to our weight loss goals! Win-win

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