As the awareness for healthy living goes up in the media, we become more conscious with our food choices, and how far we park the car when we go to the super market, or the mall. We all heard that if we eat right and exercise we will be able to lose that unwanted weight, but it seems that although people are getting better in reading the nutrition labels, many people can’t seem to adapt a workout routine to their every day lives; an issue that may have a direct affect on people inability to lose weight, but why is that?
Just as a car runs on gasoline, our bodies run on the blood sugar -or in other words, glucose – circulating in our bloodstream. When we exercise we deplete the supply of blood sugar, hormones that instruct our fat cells to release fat into our bloodstream are being released, and we end up with less fat on our bodies.
People who exercise on a regular basis not only lose weight more effectively, but also are more successful at keeping it off since they build more muscle, and that muscle requires more energy, and therefore it burns more calories even when the body is at rest. Not only that, but researchers at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, claim that 45 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise in the morning actually reduces a person’s motivation for food. That means that not only you burn calories while exercising, but also you will be less hungry throughout the day.
As you can see on Nature News, researchers from St. Louis University’s Doisy College of Health Sciences recruited 34 people between the ages of 50 and 60, who were either overweight or toward the high end of normal weight. The participants were split into two groups — the first group of 18 was put on a diet, while the second group of 16 exercised.
The dieting group reduced their total calorie intake by 16 percent per day for the first three months of the study. For the final nine months, the dieters reduced their caloric intake by 20 percent Unlike the first group, the second group of the study exercised to burn 16 percent of their caloric intake per day for the first three months, then increased their workouts to burn 20 percent of their calories for the final nine months.
By the study’s end, both groups lost roughly 9 to 10 percent of their total body weight. However, because “weight” can be a few different things; for example… water, glycogen, muscle or fat, the researchers found that the participants of the dieting group lost muscle mass during their weight loss but actually didn’t lose much fat, while the exercising group did not lose any muscle mass, and every pound lost was in fact a pound of fat.