The impact of exercise on weight loss

Life is hectic, but in a good way. It does mean my blog has been ever so slightly neglected, however, I have been sticking (mostly) to the Slimming World diet and have exercised when I’ve had the time.  I lost 2.5lb this week and it’s really given me the boost I needed.

The other week I join a netball team. Yes, you can play net ball at 32 years ols 😛 It’s so much fun and I would recommend it to anyone that wants to get some exercise but finds the whole process boring and repetitive.  I’ve also bought myself a new workout DVD that was recommended to me

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so I’ll be giving that a go today.

I’ve been asked to research the effects of exercise on weight loss. It’s not been an easy journey. Most websites will only tell you the benefits of exercise and of course, they’re right. Anyone with half a brain knows that exercise is good for you, but can it have an impact on weight loss?

The answer lies in how hard you are pushing yourself and if you are eating enough calories to keep your metabolic rate up.

“Fact: It takes calories to burn calories. When you decrease your food intake, your body simply lowers its metabolic rate in response. This still allows the body to function properly, but ultimately your body requires fewer calories which creates hunger and prevents you from losing fat.”

Read more at http://exercise.about.com/cs/weightloss/a/weightplateaus.htm

In translation, you need to eat enough calories to keep your metabolism going. If you’re doing the slimming world diet, I would suggest you eat your allocated daily syns to give your body the calories it needs to enable it to burn the calories you require.

“if you are expending a large amount of calories through workouts and still not losing weight, it could be that you are not eating enough. This causes your body to believe that it is starving, and it will begin to store up food as fat”

Read more at http://www.livestrong.com/article/411326-does-exercising-too-much-prevent-weight-loss/#ixzz1Utm3tWnN

In conclusion, you need to make sure you are eating enough calories to keep your metabolism going. If you find your weight loss slowing or stopping look at whether you’re eating all your Healthy Extras, are you having your 10 syns a day. Cutting these out will not help you lose weight if you are exercising, you body needs to energy, so enjoy them.

More reading for anyone wanting to know more http://www.livestrong.com/article/415870-can-too-much-exercise-not-enough-calories-cause-weight-gain/

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