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The Truth About Weight Loss
You know that exercise is important for your good health, but did you know that exercise alone does not typically burn enough calories to produce significant weight loss? Dietary changes are responsible for about 80 percent of weight loss, so the secret of losing weight is changing eating habits and exercising.
To lose one pound, you need to create a deficit of 3,500 calories. A body at rest burns calories at a much higher rate in people who exercise and who have more muscle. This is because every pound of muscle uses 6 calories a day to sustain itself, while each pound of fat burns only 2 pounds a day. Additionally, after a person reaches a certain level of fitness, he or she essentially trains the body to burn fat more efficiently by redistributing body mass. In addition to increasing your chances of weight loss, exercise is a mood enhancer, which can help the success of your weight loss.
“Unfortunately, some people think they can eat anything if they exercise,” says Ryan Macalintal, exercise physiologist, Optimal Fitness at Good Shepherd. “Since reducing caloric intake is the most significant factor in weight loss, the best weight loss plan consists of eating healthy, controlling food portions, increasing physical activity, sleeping well and reducing stress.”
Follow this plan and you will be on your way to a healthier and lighter you.
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