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Exercise to Lose Weight

The more exercise you do the more weight you will lose, simple! The main reason we get fat is because energy in exceeds energy out. Having said this there are many other factors, which also affect any energy imbalance. The body will always try to balance itself out; it does this via altering the metabolic rate, thermogenesis (how many cals it actually takes to eat a certain food) and other wide-ranging factors. So really the energy in and energy out equation is a bit too over simplistic but works in the majority of cases.

Gospel Equation

If energy in is greater than energy out = you will put on weight

If energy in is less than energy out = you will lose weight

If energy in = energy out = you will maintain weight

Other influencing factors

Illness or disability
Gender (Unfortunately women have more lypogenic enzymes for laying down fat and men have a tendency to have more enzymes for breaking up fat!)
Hormonal status
Age (your lean muscle deteriorates, which reduces your resting metabolic rate, unless you decrease the amount of food you eat you will put on weight
Fitness
Cultural
Peer group
Attitude to puppy fat
Habit
Emotions

But all of these points are under our control.

We should take every opportunity to get active, i.e. park away form the door at the leisure centre or shops. Take the lift instead of the escalator. Walk to the station instead of taking the car. Go out dancing in the evening instead of the cinema.

Tricks

Get a pedometer, you can attach it to you belt and it will measure how far you have walked in a day, use it to pace up and down the office while on the phone, you'll be surprised at how many extra steps you take because you know your counting them and they will make a difference. Every 2000 extra steps will use up about an additional 100 Kcals. A good one will set you back about 20 but can be a great motivational tool.