Exercising to lose weight is not enough

03 Mar 2020

Exercising to lose weight is not enough

Exercise is great! Intentionally moving, getting your heart rate up, breaking a sweat, lifting those weights is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your body. Exercise provides a myriad of benefits including reducing your risk of Type 2 diabetes, stroke, and heart attack.

But only exercising will produce a small weight loss, so if your goal is to achieve a dramatic weight loss, you need to do more.

Your first step to doing more is to understand why more is necessary. Have you heard of your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)? It’s the energy the body uses to just exist. It counts for about 60-80% of your daily caloric use. Another 10% is used digesting food. The rest (10-30%) is additional physical activities.

You would have to do a lot of physical activity beyond existing to burn enough calories for dramatic weight loss, and who has the extra time? Ultimately it comes down to the fuel going into your body, how many calories (of worth) are you putting into your body? And how many calories are needed to exist?

Start with an InBody scan that will give you your BMR and a caloric idea of where to start, then adjust from there. Talk to Coaches Sarah or Dave for more information and suggestions.