Monday, October 3, 2011

Is Burning Calories Enough for Healthy Weight Loss?

Cardio machines at the gym, like treadmills and stair climbers, count the number of calories you burn during your workout.  Using this number as a goal or an indicator of healthy weight loss is not always a good thing to do.

The reason you cannot depend on burning calories to achieve and maintain a healthy weight or body composition is because some food cannot simply be burned off.  This is the reason why healthy eating is so important to diet plans. 

Carbohydrates do not just hang out in your body and wait until you start sweating at the gym, then magically exit, leaving you a couple pounds lighter.  Carbs are composed of a substance that embeds fat into fat tissue, so they promote the process of gaining fat.  Plus, eating lots of carbs causes blood sugar spikes, which raise insulin levels.  High insulin levels make it nearly impossible for fat to leave the tissue.

Even if you include good nutrition and diet food in your eating plans, consuming sugary snacks and refined grains all the time is not okay.  Healthy meals need to be made up of food that serves a good purpose (not securing fat in your body).

Eating right and exercising go hand-in-hand.  One cannot be ultimately effective without the other.  And ignoring how to eat healthy can make your exercise efforts null and create frustration with your lack of healthy weight loss.

Create a healthy eating plan that utilizes good nutrition that works for healthy weight loss.

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