“Exercise for Weight Loss” is an article series detailing the most successful exercise strategies that can be used to assist in speeding up the weight loss process, and help you end-up with a sleek, toned physique once your body weight gets down to your goal-weight. 

 

What counts as ‘exercise’?

If the purpose of your diet and exercise programme is (at least) primarily to lose some weight, then you are dealing with a pretty clear goal – you want to be leaner and more toned. So you really want to tailor your diet and exercise to help you get there.

Diet-wise, you are looking at eating less food than you were before, with a focus on getting a lot of protein, and then some carbs and fats in a certain ratio. That’s pretty simple.

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But what about exercise? How do you figure out what to do, how much to do, and what you can count towards your daily exercise total?

First, let’s talk about what counts as ‘exercise’

That’s a tough one, because clients often think that anything involving movement is exercise. But that can’t possibly be true.

If you’re going for a fifteen-minute long walk, it doesn’t count as exercise, unless you are obese, or very old. If you are playing a game of cricket with your kids, that’s also not exercise, because you are really just standing around. And if you go to the gym to drink coffee and do a yoga class, that’s not exercise either (yoga may be good for you, but it’s not going to boost your weight loss substantially).

‘Exercise’ is anything that helps you lose weight and increase muscle size and/or tone. These things are achieved quite simply, through resistance exercise and moderate to high cardiovascular engagement.

This means lifting weights, circuit training, running, cycling, mixed martial arts… these ere the things that will see you make the MOST progress.

How can you tell if what you’re doing can count as ‘exercise’? The easiest way is to check how tired it makes you. If you’re absolutely spent at the end of a session, you’re getting somewhere. Count that.

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