Weight Loss through Exercise:
Fact and Fiction.
With all the hundreds, if not thousands of available exercise programs out there, there have been a many great misconception about weight loss and exercise. Most people believe that weight loss can be achieved with going to the gym to exercise the weight off. While it is true that most exercises are designed to lose weight, there are also some factors that play a key role in exercising in relation to weight loss.
Weight loss, in its truest sense is simply not the reduction of any given weight because individual body composition has their own mass, or weight, i.e, just because you are exercising properly doesn’t mean there will be weight loss. This holds true with the fact that muscle tissue weighs more than adipose tissue or fats; whilst exercising can indeed make you lose the fat, the muscles are coincidentally worked out making them improve in size and mass, potentially contributing to a heavier mass or weight.
Another factor at play in exercising is dehydration. Any physical activity makes an individual sweat and in the case of rigorous exercise programs, the body has the potential to have massive water loss or dehydration. When this happens, the body automatically goes to water retention mode; it keeps vital water and fluids in the body for survival purposes and thus keeping you at the same weight, sometimes even heavier.
Physical exercise burns calories or energy. Energy is needed by the body for internal and external bodily functions, and a burnt-out body will signal the brain to consume foods to regain lost energy. Simply put, exercising can increase your appetite and naturally will want to eat more.
These scenarios are only a few of the many facts and fiction of exercise. That is why when exercising for weight loss, it is wise to remember to, one; choose a program that increases the burning of fats with the littlest strain on the muscles, two; maintain a steady intake of fluids to avid dehydration and also be on the lookout for signs of such and, three; snack on low fat and low sugar foods when hunger strikes.