Weight loss: Exercise WON’T be enough – find out the best way to drop kilos and keep them off


JANUARY 15, 2023

New Delhi: Exercising is known to have several health benefits – from weight loss to healthier heart to better management of chronic and acute conditions. But think of fitness and workout and the first thing that comes to mind is weight loss – however, it is time to put an end to this myth. According to experts, exercise has no use on its own, especially for those trying to lose the extra kilos. An expert from King’s College London states that exercise alone play very little role in weight loss.

Researchers say that the benefits of exercise are grossly exaggerated as an easy fix for obesity concerns – however, without changes in the diet and following some workout tricks, weight loss can be a challenge.

What are the benefits of exercise?

Exercising, despite not being effective enough alone for weight loss, is still a great practice for health. It is a good way to keep the heart healthy, improve mood, manage diabetes and even delay cognitive decline over time. However, one must never rely on it for being the one-and-only technique to lose weight.

How to lose weight and sustain the results?

Furthermore, according to the National Health Service of England, exercising to lose weight is not enough. Furthermore, being active could be key to not just losing weight but also keeping it off. Calorie counting, on the other hand, can deprive people on the regime of the food they like and sometimes eve need. It is advised to focus on the quality of food rather than obsessing over numbers.

How to eat right for weight loss?

Just like workouts, there is a right way to eat for weight loss – experts recommend eating more plant-based foods and within a 10-hour eating window through the day along with abstinence from processed foods. Calorie counting has never been recommended as an effective way to lose and maintain weight after the initial few weeks.

Over time, one can feel hungrier than usual and deprived of energy. Additionally, it is important to be vigilant about intake of diet and fat-free food. These contain preservatives and added hidden sugars which can contribute to weight gain instead and make one fatter. The so-called healthier alternatives are sources of worse components that can even contribute to chronic and acute diseases in the long run.

Ideally, one should get 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous workouts every week. This can include skipping, running, swimming or walking up the stairs every week. This not only supports weight loss but also helps keep it off.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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