Why Too Much Working Out Can Interfere with Weight Loss
When you think about losing weight, you tend to immediately come up with two solutions—eat less and exercise more. Though reducing your calorie intake can have some impact, it’s impact will depend on how you are getting those calories. As far as increasing your physical activity, studies show that exercising more may have little effect, and that the wrong type of exercise can actually prevent weight loss. How can that be?
How Exercise Helps You Move Toward Your Ideal Weight
When you are exercising and your body needs additional energy, it has three potential sources of nutrients—carbohydrates, protein and fats. During regular exercise, your body typically burns a combination of carbohydrates and fat…protein may occasionally provide fuel/energy, but its primary function is to maintain tissue health.
To effectively lose weight, you need to burn calories. But don’t be misled into thinking that a calorie burned is a calorie burned—you want to use the right fuel source. Your goal, if you want to lose weight effectively, should be to have your body burn more fat than carbohydrates. Burning a calorie of stored fat will lead to more weight loss than burning a calorie of carbohydrates
Why Too Much Exercise (or the Wrong Type of Exercise) Can Impede Weight Loss
Stored fat typically provides less immediate energy than carbohydrates, but serves as a fuel source for a longer period of time. That means that, to burn fat, you generally want to engage in exercise that involves less intensity, but greater time. A long walk can burn more fat than running a mile. An easy bike ride will likely help you lose weight more readily than a bicycle race.
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