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To Lose Weight, Exercise is Important

Does exercise result in weight loss?

Well, as I like to say, it depends. If you try to lose weight by eating less and exercising more, then long-term, you'll probably not get the results you want. The key is the type of exercise, as well as a change in what you're eating. That combination gets the best results. 

Having said that, over an extended period, no diet will work without exercise. It's all about energy balance. If you are taking in more calories than you burn, the excess is stored as fat. To realign the balance, you need to increase the amount of energy you burn.

The beauty of exercise is that not only are you burning calories while you exercise - you continue to burn them hours later. But not all exercise is the same. Muscle is the main engine burning fats and consuming calories. The more your muscles work, the easier it is to lose weight.

Starvation diets lower your thyroid function, making you tired. As a result, you tend not to exercise, and then weight loss becomes progressively more difficult. If you are having a lot of difficulty losing weight, I suggest you have your doctor perform a thyroid function test on you.

Aerobic exercise such as long-distance running, can lead to injuries and increased free radical generation. You are best served doing moderate exercise such as weight lifting or other resistance exercises. This builds muscle and is also the best way to increase insulin function, which will help you avoid diabetes.

To start, exercise about thirty minutes a day. As you begin to feel better and get back into shape, increase this to an hour a day. Add to the resistance load accordingly. Exercise is an excellent way to reduce depression and reduce binge eating. Exercise also promotes the release of growth hormones and this reduces body fat.

Most importantly, however, we must never lose sight of the role good nutrition plays in maintaining health.