The Importance of Muscle Toning During Weight Loss
Posted Sep 01 2008 7:22pm
by Robert Kaufman
These days it seems like just about everyone is trying to lose weight, and there seems to be a diet or product out there for each individual. Many of these various products and diets claim they will teach you the weight loss secret that we are all dying to know. Some of the diets and products are successful, and some are not.
Most times, you do not need to buy any huge weight loss secrets to lose weight. The key is to watch what you consume. 3,500 calories equals one pound of gained weight. So to lose one pound a week, reduce your daily intake by 500 and it will add up. You might be saying to yourself, “Easier said than done.” I hear yah!
However, many people have lost a great deal of weight by practicing just such a plan. Some people reduce their calorie intake a bit more aggressively to lose the weight even quicker. Other people reduce their calorie intake a bit less to lose just a couple of pounds a month. And even others add an exercise program to their diet to lose weight even quicker. Any way you cut it - the 3,500 calories that is, will count towards your ultimately weight loss and you will reach your goal.
Sometimes a person will lose quite a few pounds and nobody notices. This can be rather discouraging. Often, the reason no one notices is because although you’ve lost weight, your body looks very much the same from the outside. You may have less body fat, but since your body is not toned, it is overall not noticeable to others. Your clothes will fit better but no one really sees that.
This is the reason toning your muscles while you lose weight it crucial. If you don’t exercise already then you should begin slowly. The right combination of diet and exercise will yield results. How can it not I ask you? Your flabby body can be cured with exercise and a healthy diet.
Walking is just one simple way you can start toning your muscles while you lose weight. You need nothing but a nice day and a pair of sneakers. Begin by walking about half an hour three times a week. Increase the distance and time you walk as your endurance improves. This will not only tone your lower body, but will help lose additional weight. Walking is simple and requires no complicated equipment. Almost everybody can do it without any training at all.
You can tone specific parts of your body too! Light weights can tone your arms. Leg exercises like squats and lunges tone your legs, thighs and butt. Crunches work your abdominal muscles. Begin with ten repetitions of each and remember to start slow.
It’s also important to know that when you are working on toning your muscles while you loose weight, you should alternate the days that you work on certain muscle groups. For example, do abdominal and arm exercises one day, and the next day do leg and butt exercises. This allows each muscle group to rest and repair for a day, which further aides in building muscle.