How Does Exercise Cause Fat Loss? It can be discouraging to work hard at dieting and exercise only to step on the scale and see little change. What you need to do is change your thinking. The term “losing weight” is a little deceiving. What you are actually trying to do is lose fat. Even though exercising may seem to be adding pounds, it is an essential part of “losing fat.” Talk to your doctor about your weight loss goals before beginning a diet and exercise program.
Healthy Eating For Fat Loss
Losing fat requires that you reduce calories. There is no way around this scientific fact, your body needs a certain number of calories each day to function therefore when you exceed the number of calories necessary, the body stores the rest for a rainy day.
To lose the fat has been stored, your body needs to be short on calories. This forces it to burn fat for daily functioning. For a quick and dirty way to calculate how many calories your body needs each day, take your weight and add a zero to it. For example, if your weight is 140 lb., use 1400. Next take 30 percent of this number and add it on. 30 percent of 1400 is 420, so a rough estimate of required calories for 140 lb. person would be 1820. Now reduce this number by 500. This will burn 1 lb. of fat a week without exercise.
Muscle Gain By Fat Loss
It is an adage that muscle weighs more than fat. Muscle is denser, but a pound doesn’t change. If you put one pound of fat next to a pound of muscle, you would immediately see that fat takes up more space. Through exercise, you can increase the number of calories your body burns.
If you burn 500 calories a day by exercising, you will lose one more pound of fat each week by just dieting alone and your body will shrink. This doesn’t always equate to weight loss, however. As you burn fat, you add muscle and the two may cancel each other out, but your body is still shrinking.
Weight is just a number. As you work to improve your health through diet and exercise, pay attention to your clothes instead of the bathroom scale. Losing weight is a math game. If you play the game right by reducing calories and increasing activity, your clothes will show it.