Nutrition and Exercise – Weight loss

Most people attempt weight loss through pronounced reduction in food intake. However, the approach is not entirely correct. Ideally, weight loss must be achieved 80% by diet control and 20 percent through exercise.

This formula works well and has been a proven success with millions of people targeting fat loss. For smart weight loss seekers, staying healthy is the motto (not starving for weight loss). This approach is vital when it comes to healthy weight loss. Combining good nutrition with appropriate amount of exercise is the key to maintaining the balance that every weight loss seeker must maintain.

As a general wellness rule, we should eat healthy and exercise daily. How to achieve this feat with constraints like business commitments and lack of will to do?

The first step is to decide what diet plan is best suited to your life style, finances and other personal choices. Once you make a choice then you must follow the diet plan religiously or you may abandon halfway and end up gaining more weight than you initially started with.

Which diet plan is best suited on individual level? This is a bit complex question. A lot of diet plans are being recommended (low-carbs, low-fat, keto, vegan etc). Each diet plan is designed to cater for individualistic preferences, life style, weight loss goals and dietary needs. You can opt for the one that fits perfectly with your personal preferences. Most of them work for strict implementers. However, no diet plan can work for individuals with loose dietary discipline.

The next question arises about how much and which workout is best for weight loss. The basic point to remember is that all physical activities and exercises carry the potential to burn calories and affect weight loss. However, exercise can result in weight loss only when it is combined with smart diet plan. How does that happen?

It is perfect common sense that your body would only lose weight when it has to burn fat to overcome the energy deficit resulting from reduced intake of food. The effect is enhanced when you exercise and your body demands more energy as to undertake the activity. In absence of adequate fuel to burn from your reduced food intake, the fat burning is catapulted.

You immediately start losing weight as soon as the critical balance between exercise and food intake in established. However, most dieters start feeling the energy drain as soon as they start losing weight. It is a clear indication of unhealthy weight loss in most cases and must ring alarm bells in your mind.

Unhealthy dieters often do the same mistake. They usually undermine the caloric value of processed food (such as trans-fat, dietary supplements and phytonutrients). They don’t add fruits, vegetables in their diet and continue with reduced quantities of high calorie unhealthy foods..

In reality, weight loss is about attaining negative energy balance (consuming less calories than you burn). For a person to lose a single pound, body should be in deficit of 3500 calories.

The ideal manner to achieve this is burn 20 percent through exercise i-e. 750 calories and 80 percent through diet i-e. 3000 calories. This will cause 3750 deficit of calories.

Why to adopt this equation? Simple! Dieting is more effective than exercise. It takes a lot of effort and time to burn calories through exercise. Even with excessive physical exertion, body can lose a few pounds if the food intake is not controlled. With age, it gets difficult for an average person to lose weight through cardio, squats and other weigh loss exercises.

The key of smart and enduring weight loss is to combine a balanced diet plan with regular exercise and lose weight gradually over time.

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