A healthy approach to exercise

How long would you have to walk for to burn off a chocolate bar? Knowing how exercise relates to the food you're eating is important when trying to lose weight.

There are many different ways to exercise and it is possible to find something to suit your lifestyle. So don't worry if you don't want to join a gym, there are lots of other ways to get moving and burn calories. For example, take the stairs instead of the lift, or get off the bus a stop early and walk the rest of the way. Remember, every small change you make, can lead to an overall big result.

Before long, you'll feel healthier and fitter and when you exercise, you can encourage your body to burn fat stores more often, thereby increasing your weight loss potential.

Q: If you exercise, you can lose weight no matter what you eat. True or False?

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Correct!

False. To lose weight you need to burn more calories than you consume. Although exercising helps burn calories, you still need to control what you are eating to get results.

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Wrong.  The correct answer is False. To lose weight you need to burn more calories than you consume. Although exercising helps burn calories, you still need to control what you are eating to get results.

All exercise is good exercise

Increasing the amount of fat burning exercise you do on a regular basis is an effective way to improve your health and fitness and help you make the most of the benefits of alli . When you consume fewer calories your body has to use its fat stores for energy and as it does that, you lose weight.

When you exercise, you can encourage your body to burn fat stores more often, so regular exercise can also raise your metabolic rate. This not only helps you lose weight and helps with your general fitness, it helps you maintain your weight loss.

Your metabolic rate is the rate at which your body uses up calories. So, if you take in 2,500 calories a day, and burn all those 2,500 calories a day, you'll stay the same weight. If you burn only 2,000 of those calories, you'll put on weight. Becoming more active is an effective way to speed up your metabolic rate so that you can burn more calories than you eat.

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It's easy to be more active. Making small adjustments can really help. For example walk around when you're on the phone instead of sitting down.

Regular exercise has a great many health benefits too, including helping to combat diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and osteoporosis. Also, as your body releases natural feel-good chemicals when you exercise, this can boost your mental and emotional wellbeing, helping you to combat stress and feel happier. Remember to consult your doctor before you start an exercise programme.