by Dr. Michael Roth
When you are trying for results with a natural weight loss program, exercise in conjunction with the dietary aspects will increase your chances of successfully reaching your weight goals.
Some people who are beginning a natural weight loss program do not realize the benefits that can be gained by making regular exercise a form of weight loss. Taking advantage of these benefits means that you don’t have to strain so hard in other aspects of your weight loss program. The exercise doesn’t even have to be strenuous or difficult to the point of painful — just consistent. For example, if you spend twenty minutes on a brisk walk three to four times per week, you will gain tremendous benefits in your weight control efforts. Other forms of exercise, including those that are aerobic, are equally helpful in controlling your weight.
Firms and Tones the Muscles
Natural weight loss is a great way to manage your weight, and regular exercise aimed at firming and toning all the major muscles of the body is even more helpful to you. Choose your exercises with the intent of beginning gradually at a comfotable level for your existing abilities and increase the difficulty and duration gradually to gain maximum benefit. By working the major muscle groups, you replace the fat cells that are being eliminated from your body with healthy muscle cells.
Exercise done in conjunction with a well-thought-out natural weight loss program will burn calories. Each calorie that is burned from a fat cell is an opportunity to get rid of those cells forever. If you have doubts about the effectiveness of exercise in losing weight, simply look at a chart of calories burned through various day-to-day activites. Even some types of exercises that can be done while sitiing at a desk are effective ways to help you on the path to weight control. If you have time to swim regularly, that is a great exercise since swimming a few laps raises your heart rate and helps to improve your lung function. Even perspiring accomplishes the use of calories.
Resets the Metabolism
A natural weight loss program combined with regular exercise will actually help you to crank up your metabolism rate so that the food you eat will be processed more effectively. Instead of excess calories being converted into fat, they are burned up in you body’s individual furnaces — the cells. It’s as if you turned the thermostat of your internal furnace up a degree or two so that the fuel burns hotter and more completely.