Can You Lose Weight With No Exercise?

I’ve had a few people who just wanted to shed some weight, but don’t want to put forth the effort to exercise ask if they could lose weight with no exercise. The answer is simple, of course you can. However, the next question is should you try to lose weight without adding exercise to the mix. Here the answer is no. Exercise brings a lot to weight loss efforts. It burns extra calories to make weight loss easier, but it also does more for your weight loss efforts.

When it comes to losing weight, what you eat determines whether you will or won’t.

Your diet is of primary importance for weight loss. You simply can’t out-exercise a bad diet. Not only do the calories you consume make a difference, so do the nutrients. If you workout for an hour and burn 500 calories, but then leave the gym and have a pizza and beer, you’ll actually gain weight. A beer is 204 calories and a whole 14″ pepperoni pizza is 2523 calories. Even with the exercise burning off 500 calories, you’d still be eating 2227 extra calories and gain a half a pound. You also wouldn’t get all the nutrients you need for a healthy body.

Exercise builds muscle tissue and helps trim you.

Why is having more muscle tissue important? Muscle tissue requires more calories to maintain than fat tissue does. The more muscle tissue you have, the more calories you burn even when you sleep, so effectively it boosts your metabolism. It also makes you look thinner, even if you don’t lose weight. A pound of muscle tissue takes up less space than a pound of fat, so if you weigh 130 pounds, but it’s mostly fat, you’ll look heavier than someone that weighs the same who is mostly muscle.

Dieting alone affects the type of calories you burn.

When you simply diet, without exercise or with the wrong type of exercise, you’ll burn calories from both muscle tissue and fat tissue, depleting your body of more muscle. In order to avoid that, you need the right type of exercise. Running and aerobic exercise won’t do, even though it burns tons of calories. Strength building exercises are the way to go. They can be bodyweight, resistance training or using weights. They cause more fat to burn, while building muscle and the more muscle you have, the easier it is to lose weight.

  • If you hate to exercise, find something active to do that you love. It could be dancing, hiking or playing ball with the kids. You can even find ways to boost the calorie burning, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking further from the car and walking.
  • You don’t have to diet to lose weight, just focus on healthy eating. Choose foods that are closest to whole foods and avoid processed foods and foods with added sugar.
  • Cut your exercise time shorter by focusing on HIIT workouts. HIIT—high intensity interval training—is a method where you alternate your exercise between high intensity and recovery. It burns loads of calories quickly.
  • For specific goals, such as focusing on competition, I’ll help you with a diet and exercise program that’s personalized to meet your needs. It is healthy eating and includes nutrients to help you sculpt and match your goal.

For more information, contact us today at Body Transformation Experts

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