What Exercise Will Burn The Most Weight?
If you are looking to lose weight, then you will probably want to try a combination of diet changes and exercise.
To lose weight, you need to burn more calories each day than you consume. It is as simple as that, but sadly simple does not mean easy. Everyone can lose weight if they consume fewer calories than they burn. However, a small, sedentary woman needs to consume far fewer calories than a man who does a manual labor job. Someone who has a health condition that requires them to take medication that increases their appetite would lose weight if they ate fewer calories than they burned, however, they would feel very hungry, and they would likely find it hard to beat their cravings.
Exercise is the secret weapon in the weight loss equation because it allows people to eat more. When you exercise, you burn calories. If you’re a short, sedentary woman who needs 1200 calories for your day to day life, and you do some exercise to burn an additional 250 calories, the amount of food that adds to your daily allowance will be the difference between being cranky and hungry all the time, and feeling satisfied while trying to lose weight.
You might see a lot of advertisements for boot camps that say “this boot camp will burn 700 calories in 1 hour”. These claims are misleading. Calorie burn for any exercise depends on your age, weight, muscle mass and how to fit you are. Even things like running, jogging and walking. With these exercises, the distance covered matters more than how long you do it for. Walking a brisk mile and running that mile will, as a rule of thumb, burn about the same amount of calories. The difference is the length of time it takes to burn them. As you get better at running, your body moves more efficiently.
Perhaps the best exercise for burning fat is, believe it or not, resistance training. If you lift heavy weights, then you will build muscle mass. The actual exercise does not burn a huge amount of calories in the amount of time that you spend doing it. Where the benefit comes from is that the exercise increases your muscle mass. Muscle is metabolically active and will burn more calories than fat even when you are resting. This means that your BMR – the number of calories you burn day to day before the activity is taken into account – will increase. As you lose weight and your body gets smaller you will find that your daily calorie allowance declines to match. Building some muscle mass will help to slow that decline and ensure that you can eat that little bit more, which will stop you feeling deprived.
Another benefit of resistance training is that it will make you look leaner and firmer. If you want that ‘toned’ appearance, then get off the treadmill and start lifting weights. You will reap the benefits after just a few weeks of consistent weightlifting training.
The trick is to lift heavy weights. If you are a woman, don’t worry about getting bulky. Lifting weights will not make you suddenly look like a bodybuilder. Indeed, even if you are a man you are not going to suddenly look like The Rock after just a few sessions in the gym. You need to eat a specific diet, lift very heavy, and sleep a lot too if you want to build that physique. Even the lean and toned look takes effort – but it is well worth putting that effort in for the wellbeing improvements it offers.