More Exercise Doesn’t Necessarily Burn More Calories

Losing weight is a concern for millions of Americans.  When it comes to losing weight, the general wisdom says it is all about calories in versus calories out.  In other words, you have to burn more calories than you consume to lose weight.

Many people will tell you that a diet limiting calories is the best route to losing weight.  They’re not completely wrong, either.

It is much easier to minimize the amount of calories consumed than it is to maximize calories out.  It’s hard to burn 500 calories through exercise, but relatively easy to consume 500 calories in a matter of minutes.

It can take more than an hour of exercise to burn 500 calories.  Researches have also determined that after a certain point, exercising more doesn’t burn more calories.

In the study conducted to evaluate this statement, people who worked out moderately burned only about 200 more calories daily than people who were sedentary.

However, do not discount the importance of exercise completely.  There is a huge gap in the difference between body weight – that’s your weight on a scale – and body composition.  Body composition is the number that is fat versus the number that is lean tissue such as muscle.

Exercise has the great potential of raising your resting metabolic rate – the rate at which your body burns calories when not moving.  This is because exercise increases the amount of muscle tissue, which in turn, burns muscle while you are resting.

This can be important, especially for the obese, because a weight loss of just ten percent of your body weight can decrease your resting metabolic rate by 20 to 25 percent.  So, exercise is important for decreasing the amount of body fat and increasing the amount of muscle.

If you need help meeting your weight loss or fitness needs, contact Frank Tortorici.  A certified personal trainer, he can help you to meet all of your fitness goals.  Contact him today for an appointment.


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