To lose fat through exercise your body needs to burn more calories than it ingests (eats)
Here's how you do that...
Basically, there are two forms of exercise...
1) Aerobic and 2) anaerobic (weight training
or resistance training)
Both types are valuable for weight loss
The first type (aerobic) involves exercises
which get all body parts into action such as running or
walking. The intensity or resistance of the exercise is low,
but it goes for a long duration.eg An 8 kilometre jog may
take you around an hour...and during that time your body has
been in continuous motion (provided you didn't stop for
The second type (resistance training) involves
exercise such as training with weights. The intensity or
resistance is much higher, but the duration is much shorter.
eg A set of bench presses may take around 30 seconds...and
then you have a rest before doing another set and so on. So
although your workout may have gone for around the same
length of time as your jog (1 hour)...your whole body was
not continuously moving as in the jog...and hence the
(Having said that, there are weight training programs
which are designed to keep your whole body moving throughout
your workout...and this can give you the best of both worlds
if you have limited time)
The value of aerobic exercise compared to weight
Aerobic exercise is valuable not only for cardio vascular (heart,
lung) health and fitness...but because your bodies principle
energy source during this type of exercise is fat. So your
body burns the stored fat while you are training. Hence
aerobics burns fat directly.
Weight training is valuable for fat loss because although
your principle source of energy during this type of training
is not fat ( it is carbohydrate), the muscle built results
in a permanent increased metabolic rate for your body,
and immediately after the exercise your metabolism remains
elevated for several hours. On top of this the hormonal
secretions (elevated growth hormone, testosterone, and
IGF-1) which take place because of the intense exercise also
have a potent positive effect on your fat loss efforts.
Hence weight training does not burn fat directly as in
aerobics...but burns fat indirectly. Its positive effect
on fat burning hormones and elevated metabolism results in a
significant improvement in your total fat loss efforts.
Where to start?...Click
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...step 3 gives you a choice of exercise programs...