You Don’t Need to Spend Hours in the Gym to Lose Weight

“Certainly, everyone’s exercising building up a tolerance vary. A few will do far better with more work out, especially if anyone enjoys pursuits like cardiovascular. The main thing to see is you should not expend hours upon workout when you’re over a diet regime. Keeping it to a minimum dose might be the best way to not fixate on that proverbial marshmallow.”

You Don't Need to Spend Hours in the Gym to Lose Weight

When it comes to weight loss, diet is more important than exercise. Your body burns the majority of its calories by simply keeping you living and breathing. Burning additional calories, while still beneficial in many contexts, only marginally adds to your caloric total. It’s like taking a paper route when you have a $100,000/year salary.

At the lower end, adding additional exercise when you already have a reasonable diet structure through counting calories or mindful eating yields a lower return on investment (or ROI) on your time. Some may be fine with spending an extra few minutes eking out an additional caloric deficit, but it’s important to remember that we have limited amounts of time, energy, and—most importantly—willpower.

At the higher end, an extreme amount of exercise on top of a caloric deficit can actually be detrimental. It can lead to chronically elevated cortisol, as well as eventual resistance of leptin, the hormone that your body uses to regulate the amount of fat that you carry. (It’s probably no coincidence that contestants on The Biggest Loser end up gaining back all of the weight they lost.)


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