4. Walk Daily and Do The Exercise You Enjoy
Walking is one of the best (and cheapest ways) to lose weight, as it’s relatively easy to incorporate it into your daily routine. While cars are a convenience, especially when you’re going to be travelling long distances, there are a number of journeys that can easily be made on foot instead.
If you walk to the supermarket, or to your place of work, instead of driving or taking the bus, you’ll gain a hat trick of benefits – as you’ll be burning more calories, boosting your health and even cutting down on carbon emissions, not to mention saving on petrol or fare!
Whether you walk or not though, regular exercise will usually be part of any successful attempt to diet, particularly if you want to eat well, while still shedding the pounds. If you’ve gained excess weight and you want to lose it, then to see significant results, faster, pair any reduction in calories with a consistent exercise routine.
A review of 149 separate weight loss studies conducted on overweight adults concluded that when exercise is combined with a healthy diet, it significantly helps to aid weight loss. Exercise has also been found to reduce visceral fat, the harmful type of fat that raises your risk of serious health conditions.
If you’re prone to overeating or binge eating, there’s one further benefit to exercise, as it can help you maintain a healthy weight once you lose the lbs. Though researchers in one study found that the calories you take in are more important when it comes to losing weight, they also discovered that regular exercise helps prevent you from regaining it. The trick is finding a form of exercise that you enjoy, so that you’ll do it more often, as not everyone is suited to the gym.
To find “the one”, think about what you love to do that also gets your body moving – and this doesn’t have to be the obvious, like jogging or working out, it could be anything from adult ballet classes to judo lessons. The type of exercise that’s right for you, might even be something you more typically associate with being social – such as roller skating, salsa dancing, or skateboarding – as after all, no one said that moving around shouldn’t be fun!