This is the final article in my three part series on how to lose body fat. Parts one and two covered exercise and diet. I will provide brief summaries below, but it may be useful to review both before reading on.
This is the second of my three-part series on how to lose body fat. My previous article addressed the most effective exercise strategies for reducing body fat. As I mentioned before, fat loss occurs in response to a negative energy balance. This means that excess body fat is oxidized when energy intake is less than energy expenditure.
Anyone who intends to lose excess body fat must make a decision about how to achieve a negative energy balance. The choices are to eat less, exercise more, or both. [Read more…]
This is the first of my three-part series on how to lose body fat. In this section, I’ll cover exercise strategies. The next two articles will cover nutrition and program adherence, respectively.
Anyone who’s struggled with fat loss has thought “I just need to eat less and exercise more.” Maybe it’s not that simple.
The two problems with most fat loss programs are 1) “exercising more” can lead to exhaustion, frustration, and overeating, rather than fat loss, and 2) adherence to a fat loss program can be extremely difficult to maintain long term.
So Why Exercise?
I’ve addressed the issue of exercise for fat loss before in this article. Traditional “cardio” is a poor strategy for fat loss for four reasons: the impact on fat loss is minimal when compared to caloric restriction, it’s time consuming, it may be exhausting, and it can enhance appetite. Then why exercise? [Read more…]