The two important tools for weight loss are diet and exercise. But, here the question arises - Is weight loss possible only with any of the tool i.e. diet or exercise? The answer is - No. Because diet and exercise go hand in hand. Although people often focus on diet when they're trying to lose weight, but being active is an essential component of a weight loss program. Exercise helps in detoxing & cleansing your system while helping you melt the unwanted fat from your body. People who exercise & diet to lose weight tend to get a flat belly faster than those who just diet.
How Weight Loss Works
The mechanism of weight loss is simple. It is based on a concept called - energy balance. When you burn more calories than you consume, you lose weight. Therefore, to lose weight you need to burn more calories and/or consume fewer calories. The combination of both of these methods is the best way to lose weight and improve your health.
Let’s talk about the benefits of exercises -
Research shows that, in addition to helping to control weight, regular physical activity can reduce your risk for several diseases & conditions and improve your overall quality of life. Regular exercise can help prevent -
Heart disease and stroke - Daily physical activity can help prevent heart disease and stroke by strengthening your heart muscle, lowering your blood pressure, raising your HDL ("good" cholesterol), and lowering LDL cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol), improving blood flow, and increasing your heart's working capacity.
High blood pressure - Regular exercise reduces blood pressure in people with high blood pressure (hypertension).
Diabetes - By reducing body fat, physical activity can help to prevent and control type 2 diabetes.
Back pain - By increasing muscle strength and endurance and improving flexibility and posture, regular exercise can prevent back pain.
Osteoporosis - Regular weight-bearing exercise promotes bone formation and may prevent many forms of bone loss associated with aging.
Regular physical activity can also improve mood and the way you feel about yourself. Exercise is likely to reduce depression and anxiety and help you to better manage stress. It is a natural and inexpensive anti-depressant.
Regular exercise is not only important for weight loss but it is by far the most effective tool to maintain the weight loss in the long run.