Weight loss is not as easy popping pills, running 10 laps, cutting out fat from your diet or starving yourself.
Weight loss is a combination of balanced eating, and full body exercise that focuses on different physical fitness aspects regularly. Above all, let’s not forget the two key aspects that weight loss is impossible without – determination and patience. Today we check out the top 10 FAQs about exercise and weight loss that constantly crop up in daily conversation.
Is a daily walk enough to lose weight?
Walking, irregularly at a leisurely pace, without any focus on healthy eating and portion control, will not help you lose weight.
On the other hand, if you follow a good daily walking routine at a brisk pace, and balance it with a healthy diet maintained with clever portion control, then you might be able to lose weight.
Weight loss is not a walk in the park. It demands brisk walking; approximately one and a half kilometers daily. Brisk walking is recommended as one of the exercises to maintain your weight, especially for an older population, and help fight joint problems. Walking also makes you energetic and improves your cholesterol level.
To lose one pound of body weight, you need to burn 3,500 calories.
Will weight training make me look like a bodybuilder?
If you thought lifting heavy weights will give you a WWE body, then you’re wrong. Even if you wanted to build big muscles, you wouldn’t be able to do it this easily. Weight lifting increases muscle endurance, which in turn increases metabolism and burns fat at a faster pace. In fact, weight training will give you a toned and lean look. A little secret to weight training: Work those muscles till they tire out for effective training. If you walk away from a workout with enough energy to go dancing, then you’re not doing it right.
Do I need a pre-workout snack?
Yes, you do need a pre-workout snack as it is a source of energy for your workout session. It is recommended to include carbs in your snack as this is the store house of energy. A good pre-workout snack helps you to contract your muscles with ease, avoiding cramps. Besides, it prevents dizziness and hunger during and after your workout. Hence for better performance a pre-workout snack is a must.
However, this does not mean that you eat more even if you eat a full meal just an hour or two before the workout. Analyse your energy requirement at the time of exercise, especially if you exercise before breakfast in the morning.
Do I need a post-workout snack?
Here, the answer – without a doubt – is yes, you do need a post-workout snack to aid in the recovery process of the muscles. This snack makes sure you have all the nutrients for your body to recover. It is mostly recommended to have protein shake either made from natural products or the artificial whey protein.
Are dance workouts enough for weight loss?
Most of us are skeptical about it, but yes dancing can help you lose weight. But, there are several buts in this statement. Let’s begin with the most obvious one -
But, the dance workout must challenge you. A simple routine that doesn’t make you sweat and utilise energy, momentum and strength will be a low burn workout, and not help you lose weight. High intensity dance form like club, Bollywood and Zumba are a hit with individuals trying to lose weight.
But, your instructor must plan well-rounded workouts that focus on all body parts. These should also involve elements of cardio and weight bearing movements. Without these essentials any workout is incomplete. Luckily, most dance workouts involve the movement of various muscles which is one of the components to a successful weight loss.
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