Will exercise help me lose weight? If exercising causes you to eat more then as far as weight loss is concerned there is no point in exercising. There may be other health benefits that make it worthwhile but from a weight loss standpoint there is none. Exercise on average, accounts for 20% of a person’s weight loss; the more crucial part by far is what foods he eats. You can exercise for an hour a day and still lose less than one plate of french fries worth of weight. And while it is true that exercise speeds up your metabolism and improves your body’s ability to lose weight, if every time you finish your jog you drink a bottle of soda and eat a piece of chocolate cake, you will exercise your way to obesity.

This may come as a surprise to some people. After all, you just exercised for a full hour- that has got to count for more than 20% of your weight loss! But consider this: the body will burn about 2000 calories even if all you did is sit in bed the entire day. (The brain itself, which only weighs 3 pounds and doesn’t do any physical exercise, burns 500 calories a day). Exercise will add on to the 2000, but not enough to justify an eating binge right afterwards. In no way do I want to discourage exercise. The countless benefits to your overall health and emotional well-being cannot be overstated, but from a weight loss perspective you need to decide if it works for you.The reality is that many people will benefit greatly from exercise.

After a good work-out, many people are on such a high that they will be motivated to control any urge they may have to eat the wrong foods. Whether you are a member of a gym, walk around the lake, or play a game of basketball, the time and energy you just dedicated to your health will not allow you to just throw it all away. Have a cold glass of water, eat some lean protein and a side of steamed vegetables, and you will find that your newfound appetite will be more than satisfied. Together with the right diet, exercise is a great way to shed pounds.

So to sum up: In general exercise will cause people to lose, not gain, weight, but if you find that not to be the case for you, stop exercising. It’s that simple.

Ultimately this is good news. Many people get discouraged because they have no time to exercise. They think that they have no chance of losing weight without dedicating a few hours a week to the gym. Others may not even be healthy enough to exercise initially. If a person is very overweight, he or she may be uncomfortable exercising. All of these scenarios may cause people to get discouraged and give up their diet altogether. This is a big mistake. People starting a diet have enough on their plate (or too little!) that adding the pressure of a daily workout is simply unfair. While exercise is great, it is not nearly as important as people think. It is the foods you eat that account for the overwhelming majority of how much weight you will lose or gain.

 

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