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Best exercise for weight loss

Post by roshaan on Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:38 am

1. Sitting and reading or watching TV
Here's where we start off the exercise scale but rather than class this as an exercise we refer to this as an activity. It does burn a little more energy than sitting quietly or sleeping, although the extra energy requirement comes from increased brain activity by consciously interpreting what was seen or read. Increased brain activity burns mostly carbohydrates however many other metabolic processes will use fat to fuel the processes, problem is there is very little total calories being burned. At an estimate this activity will burn 1-2* calories per minute which is very low even though up to 80%** will come from muscle burning fat!
2. Light housework - (i.e. dusting or washing up)
These activities also burn little total calories - around 2-3*calories per minute. Higher percentages of fat will be utilised around 70%* of calories burned.
It may seem unusual to include these types of activities when trying to lose weight but they can be a great aid for speeding metabolism. For example performing more chores around the house regularly would increase activity therefore increase the energy expenditure for the day. Total calories burned would be much higher and result in a great amount of fat burned.
3. Walking
Walking is said to be one of the best exercises for losing weight. The percentage of fat burning is around the 55% ** mark, however as with all exercises it really depends on the intensity of effort.
Walking not only burns a good proportion of stored fat it can also burn a large amount of calories especially performed for longer durations and at a brisk pace. A good balance between the percentage of fat and the total calories burned should be the basis behind choosing any exercise for losing weight.
4. Aerobic exercise or light Jogging
Aerobic classes are very popular for many trying to lose weight. They can be very effective in burning a large amount of total energy in a single session. However if a person is overweight and/or unfit the class may become too intense for proper fat burning, especially if the individual is highly motivated to keep up with other, fitter members of the class. For this individual breathing would become heavy and this will always result in carbohydrates becoming the predominant fuel, pushing the percentage of fat burning down as low as 30%
It may be wise to start off any new exercise program with gentle walking activities. After a few weeks try walking briskly until a little fitness is developed then aerobic exercise may be more effective.

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Re: Best exercise for weight loss

Post by Guest on Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:55 am

Yes, exercise is essential for weight loss. Exercise is probably the most important predictor of whether you will succeed at long term weight loss and weight loss maintenance. In order for exercise to be helpful in weight loss, you should strive for a minimum of five 30 minute sessions per week. The good news is that recent research has shown that three 10 minute sessions in a day are as good as one 30 minute session. This helps many in combating the old "no time for exercise" excuse. Be certain to find something you enjoy. You'll be more apt to stick with it. Try walking with a friend, joining an intramural sports league, participating in outings with a group like The Sierra Club, or trying some classes at your local gym. Once you give exercise a chance, you will begin to enjoy its positive benefits on your psyche as well; you will literally become "hooked."

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The Best Exercise Is One You Can Do...

Post by Bruce on Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:09 am

Over the years I've struggled with weight gain, as a result of medication and lethargy caused by depression. I've tried running, walking, swimming, and now cycling. Running and a calorie controlled diet (Jenny Craig) worked very well. It was hard on my body though.
Walking and swimming didn't do much to reduce the weight. But I always felt good after a swim. I suspect the reason I didn't lose weight was that I didn't swim or walk enough.
Recently I have started mountain bike riding - 24km per week (3x8km rides pw). In the past 3 months I have lost 6kg, down to 98kg now. And I feel great both during and after the ride. Surprised

My suggestion is to do something you enjoy. It'll make you feel better, and more likely to stick with it.
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Re: Best exercise for weight loss

Post by pauli2k on Sun Jan 15, 2012 2:52 pm

The problem is not about doing what you love and being persistent with it. The problem is doing what works.
One thing i have come to understand about weight loss is that what worked for you may not work for me.

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