Finding the Perfect Balance Between Diet and Exercise
Posted Dec 13 2012 5:12am
Today’s guest post comes from fitness market in Australia. In today’s post we discuss how to find the perfect balance between diet and exercise.
One of the most difficult things to get right when trying to lose weight is how much emphasis to place on working out and the amount of food you eat. While there is no definite formula, if you take the time to consider where you are now and what you are trying to achieve, it should not be too hard to come up with a plan that works for you.
To make your task a little easier, I have prepared a list of what I believe to be the most important factors to remember when planning your exercise regime and diet.
If you have led a relatively sedentary lifestyle for a number of years and have quite a lot of weight to lose, it is probably not a good idea to throw yourself into a demanding exercise routine straight away. However, there is nothing wrong with taking a gentle stroll around the garden or along a local footpath if you would like to get moving, as long as your doctor has not told you otherwise.
While some people believe that they can eat as much as they like as long as they exercise regularly, this is rarely true. In fact, if you calculate the calories that it is possible to burn when indulging in various types of physical activity and compare these figures to the amount of calories that are in your favourite treats, you will quickly understand why it always seems easier to gain weight than to lose it.
As long as you are burning more calories than you are eating, you will lose weight. While there are hundreds of different diet plans that try to convince you otherwise, there really is no other way to shed unwanted fat. However, with the right balance of diet and exercise it could be easier than you had imagined.
The lifestyle that you currently lead may dictate—to a certain extent—how much time you can devote to exercising on a regular basis. If you want to see results, it is important to be consistent so there is no point in scheduling marathon workouts that you have absolutely no chance of fitting into your daily routine. It would be better to aim to do thirty to forty-five minutes of aerobic exercise, three to four times a week, and increase this amount later on if you desire.
Many people are keen to see results almost immediately and this can lead them to overdo it in the gym while not eating enough to sustain their grueling exercise regime. If you have incorporated resistance training into your plan, you may like to try a good quality protein powder on the days that you lift weights, just to make sure that you do not lose muscle mass when you are trying to lose fat. It may also be beneficial to eat a small carbohydrate-heavy meal a short while before you hit the gym to provide your body with the fuel that it needs.
Following a sensible diet that provides you with around ten to twenty per cent less calories than you actually need on a daily basis may mean that it takes you longer to lose weight than if you cut your intake in half but you are far more likely to stick to such a diet, which means that in the long run it will be more effective.
To summarise, if you want to lose a considerable amount of weight over time, you need to choose a diet and exercise plan that you can maintain without too much effort, at least in the beginning. If you would like to increase the amount of exercise that you do after you have already lost some weight, this would be a better idea than trying to do too much at the start.
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