Why Losing Weight Without Exercise...
is not the correct approach!
Whilst losing weight without exercise is possible, it is important to be aware of the type of weight that is being lost when exercise is not performed. Without exercise, the body loses both fat and muscle tissue. A loss of muscle means that the metabolism slows down dramatically making further weight loss more difficult.
It also increases the likelihood that weight is going to be put back on at some stage in the future and the weight that is regained is going to be almost exclusively fat! This is so often the case when people follow a diet-only approach to weight loss.
Far too many people become concerned with what the scales say when they try to lose weight and give little thought to the type of weight that they're losing. Unfortunately, the fact is that losses of water, carbohydrate and muscle tissue occur far too readily and can be achieved easily by following virtually any diet. However, losing fat is a slow, deliberate process that the body fights all the way!
You see, fat is a concentrated energy source that the body can draw from if it is ever faced with a famine / starvation situation. Since it is such a precious energy source, the body will preferentially use other tissues first before allowing access to the fat stores!
Nevertheless, the body can be encouraged to use more fat as a fuel and preserve the other tissues of the body. This is important from a fat-burning perspective because muscle is one of the most metabolically-active tissues in the body and preserving it means that your metabolism will stay elevated for longer and therefore achieiving weight-loss primarily from fat stores becomes much easier.
Of course the best way to encourage the body to use more fat as a fuel is through exercise. Exercise speeds up your metabolism and forces the fat cells to release stored fat and send it into the blood stream. This of course, can be used by the working muscles during the exercise session.
Furthermore, resistance exercise, which is an essential component of any weight-loss program, places 'stress' on the body and forces the body to at least maintain its existing muscle mass whilst burning fat and losing weight.
Without a doubt, there is no better way to lose weight and keep it off long-term than by following a weight-loss program that includes some form of resistance exercise.
Whilst losing weight without 'dieting' (restrictive dieting) is entirely possible and can achieve great fat-loss results when done correctly, losing weight without exercise is not a goal that should be aimed for!
Resistance exercise particularly, is something that should be recommended in every weight-loss program because the fact is that aerobic exercise alone simply doesn't have the same 'muscle-preserving effects' that resistance exercise does.
However, many people continue to avoid resistance exercise under the mistaken assumption that they will 'bulk up'.
As a result, if you're serious about losing weight and keeping it off, do not consider losing weight without exercise. You must prepare a plan that includes exercise as well as making a portion of that exercise, resistance exercise. By doing so, you will lose weight quickly and will ensure that most of the weight you lose comes from fat!
To find out about all the benefits of exercise as well as how to structure your exercise program for maximum fat burning, get a copy of my e-book, Look Good, Feel Great!
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