Why Weight Loss Shouldn’t Be Your Main Exercise Goal

Why Weight Loss Shouldn’t Be Your Main Exercise Goal


Losing weight is definitely a worthy goal of an exercise program, but it shouldn’t be your main goal. We know you have to expend 3,500 more calories per week than you take in to lose one pound. That breaks down into a 500-calorie-per-day deficit.

 A better exercise goal would be to build muscle through strength training along with burning calories through cardio training. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories they burn carrying out your daily activities. So some of that 500 calorie deficit could come from muscles burning more calories, along with what you burn doing cardio training. Of course along with an increase in muscle size, and we are not talking about a lot of increase – just a boost in toning, comes an increase in self-confidence. If you look good, you feel good.

However
without also a change in diet, it is difficult at best to have a 500 calorie
deficit day-in/day-out. In most cases, it would mean at least an additional
hour of exercise at a moderate intensity activity. As the old saying goes “You
can out-exercise a bad diet program.” It is so true.

 

Another goal
of your exercise program should be getting to and living a healthy lifestyle.
If you are badly out of shape, it will take a while, but still doable. Through
a combination of reducing your calorie intake by 250 calories and burning 250
more calories through extra muscle and exercising, you have your 500 calorie
deficit for the day and probably only had to exercise an additional 30 minutes
or so.

 

As far as
healthy eating as an integral part of your healthy lifestyle, concentrate on
eating more fiber by eating fresh fruits and vegetable, whole grain, and lean
meat and plant protein. Not only will this diet fill you up and keep you full
because of the extra fiber, but these foods tend to have fewer calories, so you
consume fewer calories without reducing the bulk. It is an easy way to reduce
your daily caloric intake.

 

Be sure to
keep hydrated. Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. More if
you are exercising outdoors in a hot climate.

 

Not only
will fluids keep your body functioning better, but they also help flush out
waste from your body, which can also help with weight loss. If you concentrate
on building muscle and burning calories as exercise goals, and eat a healthy
diet, the weight will naturally come off and stay off.

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By Rod Stone
Author and Publisher of Healthy Living information and products to improve your life.


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