Do you need to exercise in order to lose weight?
This is like asking – Do I need regular sleep in order to lose weight?
Point is, although neither exercise nor sleep has a significant direct effect on weight loss, they both have a tremendous effect on our mood and general body health. So, without enough of both, weight loss becomes much less easy.
In other words, the answer is, Yes.
For best weight loss results, you should take moderate, regular exercise. But don’t expect it to have an instant effect.
Regular physical activity is an important part of effective weight loss and weight maintenance. It also can help prevent several diseases and improve your overall health. It does not matter what type of physical activity you perform – sports, planned exercise, household chores, yard work, or work-related tasks – all are beneficial. Studies show that even the most inactive people can gain significant health benefits if they accumulate 30 minutes or more of physical activity per day.
How exercise helps to control weight
1. It burns calories
Physical activity uses up excess calories that otherwise would be stored as fat.
2. It slightly raises your metabolic rate
The higher our metabolic rate, the easier is it to lose weight. In this way, exercise helps to overcome the ‘plateau’ effect.
3. It gradually reduces your fat ratio and increases your muscle ratio
Muscle cells are 8 times more metabolically active than fat cells. So the more muscle you have, the less fat you have and the easier it is to lose weight.
4. It’s great for motivation
Getting active is a great way to increase your motivation to change your weight and your life!