Not everyone can be blessed with this type of physique. Notice the trim cheeks and chiseled arms...
November is our Fat Loss challenge month so I thought it would be appropriate to give my two sense on exercise, weight loss, and weight management. These are 3 massive topics and I'm only going to give you a brief insight and my thoughts on each.
Firstly for all of you interested in weight loss, let me set the record straight once and for all. 80% of weight loss comes down to what you eat (your diet). It doesn't matter how fit you are, you can't out run your fork. Nutrition is really everything when it comes to losing weight, and the difficult thing is that not one method will work for everybody. You're body is different and will respond differently than many others. "What are you saying," you might ask. I'm a personal trainer and run a personal training business, and I'm telling you that exercise doesn't matter for weight loss...Is this guy nuts?
Here it is, exercise can help with weight loss, but maybe not entirely in the way you might think. There is no question, and I repeat, no question that exercise can directly impact weight loss, but more importantly exercise is the number one thing on the planet for your health. Absolutely nothing is better. Did you know that even 10 minutes of exercise can produce positive changes in the your brain? Exercise is the number one thing you can do to improve mood, memory, and learning. It has countless other health benefits, not to mention beating every prescription cholesterol drug, and being found as effective as any anti depressant medication.
There are many recent studies and articles that are telling us that exercise only marginally helps with weight loss, but where these studies fail is not looking at the indirect benefits of exercise. To effectively lose weight for the long term, you need to be realistic with your expectations. You have to remember that sh#! happens in life and that when you celebrate the holidays, a wedding, the weekend you will typically eat and drink more that you should. Don't worry about it. If you are trying to lose weight you have to enjoy the process or it won't work. This is where the indirect benefits of exercise come to play. When you exercise and are fit your mood improves. It's much easier to do difficult things when you feel good and are happy. Being fit and healthy makes moving around easier and brings more enjoyment from your daily activities. Exercise helps to control appetite thereby enabling better portion control. Exercise improves confidence and that makes it easier to get back on track when life takes you away from your weight loss/weight management plan.
When you are looking to lose weight including exercise as part of your plan is essential both for it's direct and indirect influences, but remember that exercise on it's own is not an effective weight management tool. My advice at the end of the day is simple: educate yourself about nutrition, cook your own food as much as possible, exercise more (all types count: walking, riding, running, working out, doing yard work...) and sit less.